How to screenshot on a Chromebook in 2 different ways

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If you've never used a Chromebook before, it may take time to learn the keyboard shortcuts.

But once you familiarize yourself with the new setup, doing things like taking screenshots will become simple - even automatic - given enough practice. Advertisement

Here's what you'll need to do to take targeted or fullscreen screenshots on your Chromebook:

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How to screenshot on a Chromebook

The key to taking screenshots is the "Show all your open windows" button, which looks like a box with two lines to the right side of it.

It's located in the top row of your keyboard, next to the "decrease screen brightness button," which looks like a small gear icon.
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Here's how to use that button to take screenshots in two ways.

  • To take a screenshot of the entire screen: Press the "Shift" key and the "Show all open windows" button.
  • To take a screenshot of a part of the screen: Press the "Shift" and "Ctrl" keys as well as the "Show all open windows" button, then use your cursor to click and drag open a box around the area you want to capture.
When you take any kind of screenshot, you'll see an image of the screenshot appear at the bottom of your screen.
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This will give you the option to open the screenshot, by double clicking the pop-up and then selecting the screenshot from your Files folder.

If, however, you need to see an older screenshot, you can do so by clicking the circular button in the bottom-left corner of your screen, selecting the up-carrot button and then clicking open "Files."

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