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How to take screenshots on your Chromebook


Screenshots are beneficial for a number of reasons. You can, for example, email backups of error messages to help providers, show a friend your game screen, or save a tweet that you think will be lost in a few minutes. Today's computers, including Chromebooks, all have ways to take screenshots.

For anyone coming from another device, Chromebooks may be a little confusing, particularly since their keyboards differ from those on Macs and Windows PCs. Any keys that were present on other laptops have been removed, and new ones have been added. You'll be fine until you've memorized the simple key combinations for taking screenshots.

  • Using the Ctrl + Show Windows key combination to take a snapshot of the whole device. On the top row of the keyboard is the Show windows key, which appears like a rectangle with two lines on the right side (it's the equivalent of the F5 key on a PC keyboard).

How to take screenshots on your Chromebook


  • Click Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows to take a screenshot of a part of the screen. A crosshair icon will appear; press and drag it until the portion of the screen you want to copy is illuminated, then let go.

Depending on the version of Chrome OS you're using, you might see a replica of the screenshot in a pop-out window after you've taken it. It will let you choose between copying the screenshot to your clipboard and annotating it.

How to take screenshots on your Chromebook


Your screenshots will be saved in the Downloads folder. To locate the archive, go to:

  • In the left corner of your screen, choose the Launcher.
  • Under the search area, look for the “Files” symbol. If you don't see it right away, press the up arrow and search for the "Files" app.

How to take screenshots on your Chromebook


  • Your file manager will open when you click the button. On the left, look for your Downloads folder under the "My Files" tab. Your snapshots will be stored on the server.

How to take screenshots on your Chromebook


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