How To Screenshot on Chromebook (Quick and Easy Tips)

Chris Aug 15, 2021
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How To Screenshot on Chromebook (Quick and Easy Tips)

Taking a screenshot on a Chromebook has never been easier, and I love how simple it is when working on blog posts and adding images.

I'll cover all the ways that you can take a screenshot on a Chromebook and some other nifty tips as well, so let's get to it!

What are the best ways to take a screenshot on a Chromebook?

1. Take a screenshot of the entire screen

The easiest way is to click on the bottom right on the shelf, click screen capture.

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Select the "take a full screen screenshot" and click anywhere on the screen.

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A much faster way is to press a combination of keyboard shortcuts which is Ctrl + Show Windows as shown below.

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2. Take a screenshot of part of the screen

The easiest way is to click on the bottom right on the shelf, click screen capture.

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Select the "take partial screenshot" and select the part of your screen that you want a screenshot of, by clicking once and dragging your mouse to select an area that you want.

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A much faster way to access the same function is to press a combination of keyboard shortcuts which is Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows as shown below.

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Where are the screenshots saved on a Chromebook?

When you take a screenshot on a Chromebook it's automatically saved in the downloads folder located in My Files -> Downloads in the Chrome OS.

To change the name of the file either right-click the screenshot and click rename,

Or select the file and press Ctrl + Enter on your keyboard to rename your screenshot in the downloads folder.

How to edit the screenshots?

You have some basic editing tools built into the Chrome Os image viewer once you open the screenshot on a Chromebook.

It has "Crop & Rotate", "Rescale", "Filters", and "Annotate". The crop and rescale are the most useful ones.

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Otherwise, you can open a free online photo editing app like Pixlr to edit the screenshot however you like.

What button is "show Windows" on Chromebook?

It's not super intuitive which button on the keyboard that's the "show windows" button but it's usually located at the first top row beside the brightness buttons, and it looks like a rectangle with two additional lines on the right side.

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How to split screen on Chromebook?

A nifty little trick to squeeze more productivity out of your Chromebook is to work with split screen which is just as easy as on any PC.

Drag one window or a tab in Chrome to the left or right of the screen and release. Do the same for the other side with another tab and you're now in split screen mode.

If you hover your mouse in the middle where the two tabs touch, you can adjust how much of each side take up real estate on your screen.

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How to screen record on Chromebook?

The easiest way is to click on the bottom right on the shelf, click screen capture.

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Select the "screen record" and select the part of your screen that you want to record, either the full screen or a partial screen, and click record in the middle of the screen.

How to edit videos on a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is not a video editing machine with a ton of maxed-out specifications like a PC or MacBook Pro, BUT it's entirely possible to edit any video for YouTube and do it well.

You'll want to check out the online video editing software Flixier, where video editing happens in the cloud.

All you need is to upload your raw video footage to your Flixier account, edit it online, and publish it on YouTube straight from the video editor.

The files never even have to touch your hard drive if you upload from your camera, saving you a ton of space.

In fact, my first few dozen of YouTube videos were made on a Chromebook, so there are no excuses.

For a more detailed video on how to edit videos for YouTube on a Chromebook, check out the video below:

What is a Chromebook?

For those that have zero clues of what a Chromebook is and why it has the browser name "Chrome" in it, is simply because it's a laptop that's made by Google and only Chrome installed on it.

Of course, it has a custom and extremely lightweight operating system named Chrome OS installed but it's not a PC, nor a Mac.

So why would anyone on earth buy a Chromebook (like me!), here are the top highlights to why you should:

  • It's extremely affordable compared to the competition. You can get a premium version of the Chromebook, with a built-in touchscreen and a 360 degree hinge on the screen for around $400. The same functionality on a regular laptop can run up to $4000.
  • Long-lasting battery to cover all of your productive work in one charge.
  • Fast, lightweight, secure, and always up to date. No need for antivirus or slow programs.
  • The Chromebook starts up in 5 seconds and shuts down in 3.
  • Covers all your productivity needs with the help of Google products like Google Drive, Spreadsheets, Google Docs, Slides, and any cloud-based app on the internet, which is growing by the day.
  • You can even edit videos with an online video editing software like Flixier.

All in all a Chromebook is a great alternative to a regular laptop or MacBook, kind of like a backup computer that you'll soon use as your main productivity companion.