How to take easy screenshot on Chromebook

Screenshots can be useful for a variety of reasons. For example, you can send copies of error messages to support services, show a friend what your game screen looks like, or save a tweet that you suspect is going to be deleted in a few minutes. Today’s laptops all include ways to take screenshots, and that includes Chromebooks.

Chromebooks can be a little confusing for someone coming from another platform, especially because their keyboards are somewhat different than those of Macs or Windows PCs. Some keys present on other laptops are missing, while new ones have been added. However, once you know the basic key combinations for taking screenshots, you’ll be good to go.Google’s Chrome OS looks and feels different if you typically use Windows or MacOS. That means taking a screenshot is somewhat different on a Chromebook.

Read on to find out how to take full and partial screenshots, how to take a screenshot in tablet mode, and find out about additional tools and features you can use when capturing screenshots on a Chromebook.

How to take a screenshot on Chromebook

  • Hold down the Ctrl + Switch window keys to capture a full screenshot.
  • Hold down the Ctrl + Shift + Switch window keys to capture a partial screenshot.
To take a screenshot of everything on your screen, press the following keys simultaneously:

Ctrl + Switch window


The latter button is typically located in the top row between the Full-screen and Brightness down buttons, as shown above. It resembles a rectangle followed by two lines.

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