Screenshot Chromebook: this method always works [stappenplan]

Making a print screen on a Chromebook is actually childishly simple, but you just have to know how to do it. We explain below how to take a screenshot Chromebook with a simple step-by-step plan.

Take a screenshot of Chromebook? Taking a screenshot on a Chromebook is easy with a key combination Ctrl + Show windows to press. If you only want a screenshot of a part of your screen, the key combination is Shift + Ctrl + Show windows.

What exactly is a print screen?

Making a print screen is actually nothing more than making a (digital) print of your screen, nowadays also known as a screenshot. This can be done in a number of ways, where you make a printout of your entire screen, or just part of it. Maybe you want more than just what’s on your screen and capture an entire website or a document, those are all options.

Every system has a different way of taking screenshots, for example it works differently on a Mac, Windows and a Chromebook. In this article I explain how to make a print screen on your Chromebook and what you can do with the file afterwards.

Screenshot Chromebook: this is how it works

There are many different Chromebooks on the market, some of which you can also use as a tablet by folding it in half. In this first section, we assume that you use the Chromebook as a laptop, i.e. with the touchpad/mouse and the keyboard.

Then there are two different options for making Chromebook print screens. This way you can capture the entire screen, but it is also possible to make a selection of the screen and therefore only capture a small part.

Before we begin, there is one key necessary when taking screenshots that I would like to “explain” first. That is the so-called ‘show windows’ button that you can see in the photo below.

Show Windows Chromebook
Show Windows Chromebook

Screenshot of full Chromebook screen

To take a full screen screenshot on your Chromebook, there is a simple key combination that will do it for you.

Press Ctrl + Show windows and then a print screen is made.

It can be that simple. Before I explain further what you have for options afterwards, I first explain how to take a screenshot of a part of the screen.

Full screen screenshot

Print screen Chromebook: part of the screen

To capture a part of the screen as a print screen on your Chromebook, there is another key combination you need.

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Below is a short step-by-step plan.

1. Press shift + Ctrl + Show windows
2. Sleep with you mouse the area you want to capture in the screenshot

So by pressing ‘Shift’ you can choose which part of the screen you want to actually capture.

Print screen Chromebook marquee
Print screen make selection of screen

Handy option after screenshot: copy

💡 After taking a screenshot there are a number of useful options, including sharing and copying the print screen. Below we explain how this works.

When you have taken the screenshot, you will get the option at the bottom right to view it, but also to copy it.

If you choose that option, the screenshot will be placed on your clipboard and you can paste it somewhere. This can be done, for example, in a messenger such as whatsapp or Facebook Messenger, but also in an email, document or other program. This way you can send screenshots from your Chromebook even faster.

This is a feature I personally use very often.

Where can you find screenshots on Chromebooks?

Did you take a screenshot and accidentally clicked away the window or are you just looking for your saved collection of print screens on your Chromebook? Fortunately, it is very easy to find them again.

  • Go to the launcher at the bottom left of your screen
  • In the search bar type: ‘files’
  • Open the ‘Files’ app
  • Choose here for ‘Downloads’
  • Voila: here is (apart from perhaps a number of other files) an overview of your screenshots

By default, ChromeOS gives a name to the screenshots that is structured as follows: ‘Screenshot at ‘. This way you can always retrieve when the screenshot was taken if that is important.

On the print screen below, you can see how the print screens are saved in the downloads folder on your Chromebook.

There are also more and more people who opt for a Chromebook with touchscreen. In certain cases, you can also use this as a tablet by folding it completely in half. This also means that you do not have a keyboard and the above key combinations are therefore not an option.

Fortunately, there is a way to make a print screen on Chromebook. This may seem familiar to people with an Android phone, because the key combination is actually the same (may differ slightly depending on brand).

Press Volume Down + Power Button

It can be that simple! Here too you have now taken a screenshot (of your entire screen) in tablet mode on a Chromebook.

So much for the options to take screenshots by default within ChromeOS, but there are many more options available, which are provided by apps or third-party extensions. Below I have made a short list of apps/extensions with which I have good experience for making print screens on Chromebooks.

Print screens on Chromebook with an extension

Taking screenshots with an external app or extension generally offers more options in terms of editing and sharing the captured images. The two apps I discuss below are widely used and therefore add the necessary functions.

Lightshot (Chrome extension)

Pros Lightshot

  • Easy-to-use screenshots
  • Easy editing and adding annotations
  • Easy sharing on, for example, social
  • Small, light program (extension)

Cons Lightshot

  • When sharing screenshot via link, it is publicly accessible
  • Only works in Chrome browser

Lightshot is installed as a Chrome extension and has been on the market for years. In fact, I even used this tool on Windows when I was a kid.

With Lightshot you can easily take screenshots on your Chromebook, of the full screen, but also choose a selection. You then have all kinds of options to edit the print screen and, for example, simply add an arrow to point to something.

If you are satisfied, it is again easy to share this, this can be done in two ways:

  • Share via Lightshot cloud service – The screenshot will be uploaded to Ligthshot, after which you will receive a link that you can forward. If someone clicks on the link, they will see the screenshot.
  • Save the screenshot locally on your Chromebook.

I’m quite enthusiastic about Lightshot as a screenshot tool myself, but I always choose to save it locally. My screenshots don’t necessarily have to be publicly available online.

They explain exactly how Lightshot works in this video.

Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder

Pros Nimbus

  • Easy-to-use screenshots
  • Easy editing and adding annotations
  • Many possibilities
  • Recording videos (screen recording)
  • Full page screenshots

Negatives Nimbus

  • Only works in Chrome browser
  • Features can be a bit overwhelming at first

Nimbus is a very extensive Chrome extension and therefore offers many more options than Lightshot.

It is of course also possible to use all functions of Ligthshot, including partially or fully taking screenshots of pages, but there are also options to record your screen, for example.

You can then edit these (video) recordings, convert them to MP4 or GIF and share them with multiple different channels. In terms of sharing, Nimbus also has many options: think of sharing directly to Google Drive, Dropbox, but also services such as Slack.

The makers of Nimbus have also made another tutorial on how to record your screen on your Chromebook in Chrome.

Finally

So there are many options for taking screenshots on a Chromebook. You can do this through the built-in capabilities, but if you need more features and capabilities, there are plenty of options with extensions.

If you’re looking for more tips and useful tricks, check out our Chromebook tips.

Header Image: Lightshot