How to take Screenshot on chromebook or Pixelbook

How do you take a screenshot or a screenshot on a Chromebook? Turns out, there is a fairly simple keyboard shortcut. Let me tell you more right now!

Ctrl + Window Changer . This takes a screenshot of the entire screen.

Where is the “Window Changer” key?

You will see this ” Window Changer ” key several times in this article, this is the key I am referring to.

Window Changer

Window Changer

This article will help you learn different ways to take a screenshot on your Chromebook and give it different instructions such as the destination where those images are saved, edit them, etc.

Full screen shots

Prendre une capture d’écran partielleCtrl + Shift + Window Changer ([]]])
Prendre une capture d’écranCtrl + Window Changer ([]]])

To take a screenshot of the full screen, press CTRL and Window Changer :

How to take a partial or cropped screenshot on a Chromebook

To take a screenshot of a specific area on the screen, press Ctrl + Shift + Window Changer .

Screenshot on chromebook

This keyboard shortcut opens a free selection tool. Select the area of ​​the screen you want to capture, and release the keys.

Take a screenshot of an application or window

When I was a technical writer, I used a keyboard shortcut in Windows to take screenshots of an application so that I didn’t have to crop them after taking a regular full-screen capture. This used to save me quite a bit of time.

On Chrome OS, whenever I want to take a screenshot of a specific application, I have been using the shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + []]] to take a screenshot of the area where the application is being displayed. Sometimes I used to take screenshots of the entire screen and then crop it.

I don’t have to do that anymore!

Turns out, I can use the CTRL + ALT + []]] keys to take a screenshot of whatever specific application or window is open. Here’s a video of me explaining how it’s done!

Using the power + volume down buttons (Like on your Android phone)

If you have a convertible Chromebook, this will come in handy. When the Chromebook is in tablet mode, Chrome OS will disable the keyboard. You will have an option that differs from a keyboard shortcut in this case. Google recently brought the shortcut that Android phones use to Chrome OS. On convertible Chromebooks, you can press and hold the Power + Volume Down buttons to take a screenshot.

Google Assistant – Using voice commands

Yes! The Google assistant. Just say “Okay Google, Take a screenshot” and the Pixelbook will take a screenshot for you. Then it will ask you to open the capture in any compatible application you have installed. If you don’t do this, the screenshot will not be saved. This also works on Android phones. Screenshots are only saved if you open them with an app. If not, it will be lost after a few seconds.

Google Assistant – Using the keyboard

Open the Google Assistant using the dedicated Assistant key on your Pixelbook. Now just type “take a screenshot”. Pixelbook will now take a screenshot and ask you to open it in an image editing application. As with the voice command, the screenshot is not saved unless you do it using an application.

Using the Pixelbook marker

Your Pixelbook marker, in case you have purchased this accessory, can help you take screenshots from the Pixelbook menu that appears in the drawer, select:

  • Capture Screen – To take a screenshot of the entire screen.
  • Capture Region – To capture an area of ​​the screen.

Capture from Chromebook Login Screen.

What if you want to take a screenshot of the Chromebook login screen? You can press the key combination Ctrl and []]] (window changer) to get it!

You will be able to access this screenshot after you log into your downloads folder.

Screenshots on Chromebook using extensions

We don’t have a snipping tool on Chrome OS like we do on Windows , but there are many extensions and applications that you can use.

If you frequently take screenshots and edit them, you can install an extension to achieve this. Awesome Screenshot is a popular Chrome extension for those who take a lot of screenshots during their browsing sessions. Capture the page or any part of it, annotate with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, hide any private information with a fuzzy filter … the list of features goes on. This extension can also save your captures to Google Drive.

Where can I find my screenshots?

Chrome OS shows you a small notification after taking a screenshot. You can click the notification to open the screenshot. The file name will contain the date and time of the capture. For example, Screenshot2019-05-28 at 8.32.30 PM.png . And then you can, rename the file ( Ctrl + Enter to rename the file).

The notification will also give you other options like copying to the clipboard or making annotations. When you select the option to annotate, the capture will open in Google Keep. You can annotate the image using the tools available in Google Keep and then save it.

The captures will be saved in the Downloads section of the Files application . Do not be confused with the folder with the name “Downloads”. Chrome OS calls the local disk “Downloads.” You can drag the screenshot to the Google Drive section of the “Files” application to upload it to Google Drive.

Note: Your screenshots are saved to your default download location. If you changed it, your screenshots will be saved in that new location. For example, if you created a new folder in “My Files” called “New Stuff” and made it your default location for downloads, Your screenshots will now be saved in the “New Stuff” folder.

Paste screenshots on a Chromebook

Unlike other operating systems, Chrome OS does not copy a screenshot to the clipboard automatically. This means that you cannot take a screenshot and then paste the image into a file or email.

To paste a screenshot, go to the folder where your screenshots are saved (usually the Downloads folder ) and copy the screenshot first. Then you can use CTRL + V to paste it.

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