How to screenshot on a Chromebook in 2 different ways, and then open those screenshots later

It's easy to take a screenshot on a Chromebook with some simple keyboard shortcuts.

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It’s easy to take a screenshot on a Chromebook with some simple keyboard shortcuts.
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  • You can take a screenshot on your Chromebook in two ways, both of which involve the “Show all open windows” key on your keyboard.
  • There’s also a way to take a screenshot while your Chromebook is in tablet mode, if it has that capability.
  • Once you take your screenshot, you also have two ways to open it: by clicking on the image preview that appears, or by going into your Files folder.
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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.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to take partial 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’ll be in the top row of your keyboard, and may also be labeled as F5.

Here’s how to use that button to take screenshots in two ways.

  • To take a screenshot of the entire screen: Press the Ctrl key and the “Show all open windows” button at the same time.
  • 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 a box around the area you want to screenshot.

If you’re using a Chromebook that can turn into a tablet, you can press the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time to take a screenshot. Not all tablet Chromebooks support this, however.

When you take any kind of screenshot, you’ll see an image of the screenshot appear at the bottom of your screen.

Your screenshot will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen.

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Your screenshot will appear in the bottom right corner of the 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.

However, if 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 “Files.”

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Click on “Files” to find other screenshots.
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