How do you take a Chromebook screenshot or Chrome OS screenshot? Turns out there is a simple keyboard shortcut to do this. Ctrl + Window Switcher. This article will help you learn how to take screenshots on your Chromebook, and where to find those screenshots.
Here is a video showing how to do this!
To take a screenshot of the entire screen, press Ctrl, and Window switcher:
Take Partial Screenshots
To take a screenshot of a specific area of the screen, press Ctrl+ Shift+ Window Switcher. You can also do this from Settings > More Tools > Take
Using Power + Volume Down Buttons (Like Your Android Phone)
If you have a convertible Chromebook, this will be really useful. When the Chromebook is in tablet mode, the keyboard Chrome OS will disable the keyboard. You will need something different from a keyboard shortcut in this scenario. Google recently added the keyboard shortcut that Android phones use, to Chrome OS. On convertible Chromebooks, you can press and hold down Power + Volume Down keys to take a screenshot.
Screenshot from Chromebook Login Screen
What if you want to take a screenshot of your Chromebook’s login screen? You can do the Ctrl and combination here as well!
Where Do I Find Screenshots I Took?
Chrome OS gives you a nice little notification after taking a screenshot. 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 (Ctrl + Enter to rename the file).
The notification will also give you more options like Copy to Clipboard and Annotating. When you click Annotate Image, the screenshot will open in Google Keep. You can annotate the image using the tools available on Google Keep and save it.
The screenshots will be 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.
Chromebook Screenshots Using Extensions
If you regularly take screenshots and edit them, you can install an extension to do this. Awesome Screenshot is a popular Chrome extension for those who take a lot of screenshots during their browsing sessions. Capture the page or any part of it, 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.