This is how you take screenshots on your Chromebook

On a PC you can take screenshots with the push of a button, but on a Chromebook this works a bit differently. Fortunately, it is not difficult to make a printout of your screen. We explain how it works.

Before you start, it's helpful to look for the so-called switch window button on your Chromebook's keyboard. This button allows you to switch between windows. The key is usually found above the row of number keys and looks like a rectangle with two vertical stripes next to it.

If you have connected an external keyboard with the standard Windows buttons, you can also use the F5 key instead of the switch window button.

Full screen

If you want to take a screenshot of your entire screen, there's one way to do it. Press the Ctrl key in combination with the switch window button, or the F5 key on a Windows keyboard. You then create an image of your entire screen.

Small portion of the screen

In many cases you may not want to take a screenshot of your entire screen, but only of a certain part of, for example, a website or application. In that case you can make a small print.

Press Ctrl in combination with Shift and the switch window button (or F5). Then click on the screen with your mouse and make a rectangle of the part you want to take a screenshot of.

Screenshot without keyboard

If you use your Chromebook as a tablet, so without a keyboard, you can use the same key combination as on an Android phone. Press the Power button and the volume down button at the same time.

Where do the screenshots end up?

When you take a screenshot on your Chromebook, it will appear in your Downloads folder by default. You will receive a notification of this at the bottom right of the screen and you will immediately see what the screenshot looks like. You can copy and paste the image directly from the notification into, for example, an email or Word document.

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