How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook

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Ash Ash (321)

Taking a screenshot should be straightforward, but Chromebooks make the process a little tricky. Instead of using a Print Scrn key, they use the Change Windows key. It appears in the top row of the keyboard, sometimes on the F5 key.

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Chromebook Screenshot Full

You can take a screenshot to capture the whole screen or just part of it. To capture the whole screen, press Ctrl + Change Windows key.

Chromebook Screenshot Partial

If you only want to capture a portion of the screen, press Shift + Ctrl + Change Windows key. Using your cursor, outline the area you want to take a screenshot of by clicking and dragging. This will create a custom window.

When you take a screenshot, it will appear briefly in a little window at the bottom of the screen. You can click the little window to open the image. If you need to access all of your screenshots, use the Files application from the main Chromebook menu.

If you're looking instead to take a video recording of your screen, then please head over to our guide on how to screen record on a Chromebook.

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