chromebook screenshot

Sometimes describing what’s on your computer screen is a hassle, but you need others to see what you’re seeing. “Show, don’t tell” is the golden rule for a lot of things. Luckily that’s easy to do by simply taking a screenshot, generating an image of your screen you can easily share in a group chat, email, or on social media.

Every device has its own fussy combination of controls to get a screenshot. On Android devices, the usual combo is volume-down and power buttons, pressed at the same time. On iOS, the home and power buttons do the trick. On a Mac computer, you hit Command > Shift > 4 (all at once) to open up a crosshairs icon and drag whatever you want a shot of. Command > Shift >3 will also take  a screenshot of the whole screen, rather than a selection.

So how to you get a screenshot on Chromebook? It’s easy once you know how, so have a look at our instructions below.

The nuts and bolts

To capture your entire screen as a Chromebook screenshot, press Ctrl > window switch, and you’ve got it. If you just want a screenshot of part of the screen, hit Ctrl > Shift > window switch, to drag a crosshairs icon over just the part of screen you need.

If you use an external keyboard, It’s slightly difference. You’ll want to click Ctrl > F5 or Ctrl > Shift > F5 for the same Chromebook screenshot effects, respectively.

Accessing your screenshot

Once you’ve taken a screenshot, you’ll see a notification window confirming you have indeed taken a screenshot.

If you want to access the Chromebook screenshots you’ve taken — why else would you take one? — it’s pretty simple. You have two options.

First, simply open your Chromebook screenshot directly from the notification pop-up you see when you take the screenshot.

Second, if you’ve closed that window or missed you’re chance to click on it, you’re still good. Just go to your downloads folder, which can be accessed by opening your app launcher and clicking on “Files.”

chromebook screenshot access

That’s it!

It may seem like a deceptively easy process to take a screenshot on Chromebook, but it really is that simple. So have at it, and get to sharing whatever you might find worth sharing on your Chromebook screen.

Let us know if you run into any problems in the comments below!

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