Chromebook 101 | How to screenshot on chromebook touchscreen 2020
Often you just need to show the thing that’s on your phone to someone else. Taking a screenshot is the simplest thing to do in this situation. There are a lot of different ways to take screenshots on a Chromebook, so right now let’s run through them all!
How to take a screenshot with buttons
Using button variations, whether on the keyboard of your Chromebook or with the power and volume keys, is the best way to take a screenshot on your Chromebook in most situations.
Starting with keyboard shortcuts first, you’ll want to know there are two:
- Ctrl + ]] to take a screenshot of the entire screen.
- Ctrl + Shift + ]] to take a screenshot of a specific portion of your screen.
You’ll use your mouse/cursor to pick the region of your screen you want to capture for the second command. For those times when you want to save only a tiny part of your computer, it’s very convenient.
On that note, if you use an external keyboard with your Chromebook, it’s worth noting that these commands are slightly different. You will use Ctrl + F5 and Ctrl + Shift + F5, respectively, in that case.
Second, let’s presume you’re in tablet mode using your Chromebook and want to take a screenshot. While in tablet mode, the keyboard is inactive, but taking a screenshot is still very easy. You’ll only need to click the power button + volume down to take a screenshot in this case.
This combo will take a screenshot of your whole screen and this is the only choice you have in tablet mode. As such, if you do not need a photo of the entire screen, you’ll need to crop the image after the reality.
How to take a screenshot with a stylus
You have an additional option available if you have a Samsung Chromebook Plus, a Pixelbook with the Pixelbook Pen, or any other Chromebook with an included stylus.
You’ll have a menu of options available in the lower right corner when you use the pen. You can capture a region of the screen within that menu (and use the pen to draw that region), or capture the entire screen.
How to take a screenshot with Chrome extensions
The built-in methods for taking a screenshot on a Chromebook work well, but you can always install Chrome extensions that give you more screenshot-capturing abilities if you want even more options.
A few of our favourites include:
- Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder — Whole and partial screenshots, editing tools, trim/crop tools, record video from screen and webcam.
- Scrn.li — Whole and partial screenshots, editing/annotation tools,
- FireShot — Whole and partial screenshots, editing tools, send screenshots directly to Gmail
All of the above extensions are free to use, and if you plan on taking a lot of screenshots on a regular basis, it might be worth getting an extension dedicated to doing just that to make your workflow a little smoother.
Nimbus’ Chrome extension lets you take full-screen, partial-screen, browser window, and rolling-page screenshots. After capturing your screen, you can annotate it with text, arrows, stickers, a highlighter, blurring, or cropping. Screenshots can be saved in JPG or PNG format, or as a PDF.
For a number of purposes, screenshots may be useful. For instance, you can send support services copies of error messages, show a friend what your game screen looks like, or save a tweet that you suspect will be deleted in a couple of minutes. Laptops today all have ways of taking screenshots, and that includes Chromebooks.
For anyone coming from another platform, Chromebooks can be a little confusing, especially because their keyboards are very different from those of Macs or Windows PCs. There are missing several keys present on other laptops, although new ones have been added. However, you’ll be good to go once you know the simple key combinations for taking screenshots.