How to take a picture or video on your Chromebook and find the file later

It's easy to take pictures on your Chromebook using its built-in camera.

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It’s easy to take pictures on your Chromebook using its built-in camera.
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If you’re new to your Chromebook, finding and using the various pre-installed apps and tools can seem daunting. But when it comes to taking a photo, you should find it easy, once you know how to access the camera.

Here’s what you need to know to access and use your built-in webcam to take pictures or videos, on your Chromebook.

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How to take a picture on a Chromebook

1. Click the circle in the bottom-left corner of the screen, then select the up-carrot.

2. Click the camera icon to open the the Camera app.

The Camera app should be on your first page of applications.

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The Camera app should be on your first page of applications.
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3. To take a photo, tap the capture button, which looks like a grey and white circle surrounded by a blue line.

You can adjust the photo settings to suit your preferences from within the camera tool. For example, you can take a photo or video, or change the photo to a square format, as well as opt to show the grid lines, mirror the image, and set up a photo timer.

More options are also available within the settings menu, located in the top-left corner (the gear icon). And if you have another camera plugged in to your Chromebook, you’ll also see the option to switch between the available cameras.

There are a variety of options within the Camera app.

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There are a variety of options within the Camera app.
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How to view the pictures you’ve taken on your Chromebook

To view the photos you’ve taken, click the photo preview circle in the bottom-right corner of the camera window.

If you’ve already closed out of the Camera app, you can access your photos and videos via your Files folder. To get there:

1. Click the circle in the bottom-left corner of the screen, and then click the up-carrot.

2. Next, click “Files.”

Open your Files browser.

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Open your Files browser.
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3. Once the Files browser opens, select either the “Photos” or “Videos” section from the left sidebar.

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