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How To Take Screenshot on a Chromebook

Here is a quick tutorial on how to take screenshots on  Chrome OS and Chromebooks. I will teach you a couple of keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots and also tell you where to look for those screenshot images, and how those files are named.

Ready? Read on!

There are extensions available for you to take screenshots of web pages, just like the Chrome browser on your PC and Mac. However, if you want to take a screenshot of the whole window, follow the steps below.


Taking Screenshots on Chrome OS

To take a screenshot of the entire screen, press Ctrl and window switcher. You can then retrieve the image file from the Screenshots folder in your file manager:

  1. Open the Files app
  2. Look for the new screenshot with the date and time as file name

Bonus tip: If you want to take screenshot of a specific part of the screen, here is the keyboard shortcut:

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How To Take Screenshot of the Login Screen

What if you want to take a screenshot of your Chromebook’s login screen? You can do the Ctrl and window switcher combination here as well!

Where Do I Find Screenshots I Took?

Chrome OS gives you a nice little notification when a screenshot is captured. You can click the notification itself to open the captured screenshot. The file name will contain the date and time of the capture. For example Screenshot 2013-05-28 at 8.32.39 PM.png You can of course rename this later.


The screenshots are saved in the Downloads section of the Files app. Do not get confused because of the “Downloads” folder name. Chrome OS calls the local file drive “Downloads”

You can drag and drop the screenshot to the Google Drive section of the Files app to upload it to Google Drive.

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Chrome Extensions To Take Screenshots and Annotate

If you are someone who takes quite a few screenshots regularly, you can install an extension to do this better. I am introducing you to two extensions, both popular,and one by Google itself.

Screen Capture (by Google)This extension is a Google product. You can capture visible content of a tab, a region of a web page, or the whole page as a PNG image. Supports horizontal and vertical scroll which means easy screenshot taking on webpages with lots of content. You can edit your captured image as well, right on the browser.

Awesome Screenshot: This is yet another hugely popular Chrome extension for those who take a lot of screenshots during their browsing sessions. Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info.. list of features goes on. This extension supports saving to Google Drive as well.




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  • Cougar Abogado

    What are the chances that Google will set this up like the traditional fn+prt sc = a copied image, ready to paste?

    To be candid, at work, I do love the fact that I can take a quick screenshot and then crop it in Outlook. I’d love to see that same 1-2 combo with Chrome OS (quick screen shot/copy/paste/quickly crop, ready to send).

  • Leanne Waldal

    Thank you for posting this easy solution. Much appreciated.

  • christine

    Thank you for popping up in search and answering my question so easily! I’ll be back to check out more of your posts.

  • Danny

    Any chance you could tell us how to take screen shots of pre-login screens?

    • Carlos

      the same way ctrl + the key with the rectangles on it

  • SeaElleAre

    This is great. How about cropping and editing on a chromebook?

  • stacey @

    Thank you so much for posting a relevant, simple solution to this. I had read through others that were complicated.

  • dimitry

    Is there a way to capture desktop-video on the Samsung Chromebook?

    • Dinsan Francis

      Not yet. There is a video capturing API in the works..