Tips on how to Take a Screenshot on Chromebook With the Snipping Instrument

Would you like to learn how to take screenshots on your new Chromebook? Here's what you need to know about the snipping tool.

Would you like to efficiently take screenshots on your Chromebook? Fortunately, you can use the Snipping tool in Chrome OS to take a partial screenshot of your Chromebook's screen, which saves you from having to crop with an image editor later.

In this guide to the Snipping Tool for Chrome, we'll show you how to create full-screen graphs on your Chromebook, along with instructions on how to create partial screenshots and panes.

To access the Snipping Tool in Chrome OS, press Shift + Ctrl + Show Window. the Show window The key is the one with a stack of rectangles on it that represents a series of windows. It's usually the 5th or 6th button on the top row, positioned between the Full screen and Brightness down Key. Some keyboards might have this F5 Key instead Show window.

As soon as you press the key combination, the screen will darken a little and the mouse pointer arrow will turn into a crosshair symbol for the snipping tool. A Screenshot / Record Toolbar is also displayed at the bottom of the screen with the Partial Screen Graph icon selected.

Click and drag the crosshairs over the area of ​​the screen that you want to capture. As soon as you release the button, the clipped screenshot will be displayed in a preview window in the lower right corner of the screen.


By default, the screenshot is saved in Downloads Folder. To view it, click the preview window, then double-click the highlighted file to open it.

Related: The Ultimate Guide for Chromebook Users

Screenshot of a specific window

It is also possible to take a screenshot of a specific window in Chrome OS. To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + Show Window for the snipping tool on your Chromebook.

Again, the cursor turns into a crosshair and the Screen Capture / Recording toolbar appears with the window icon selected.

When you move the mouse pointer over a window, it becomes brighter. Click on the window you want to capture and the snipping tool will automatically take a screenshot for you.

In summary, here are the keyboard shortcuts for taking screenshots in Chrome OS, including one for capturing the entire screen:

plot Keyboard shortcut
Specific area snip Shift + Ctrl + Show Window
Screenshot of a specific window Ctrl + Alt + Show Window
Full window Ctrl + show window

There are plenty of other handy Chrome OS keyboard shortcuts that will make your Chromebook experience faster than ever.

Take screenshots on Chrome OS

You now know how to use the Snipping tool in Chrome OS to take screenshots of selected areas and individual windows, as well as the full screen. As mentioned above, the Downloads Folder contains the screenshots in the form of PNG files with a timestamp name. You can save them on a USB stick or share them using the usual data transfer methods.

If you're new to Chrome OS, the unique user interface and Android-like workflow might seem daunting at first. Getting to know your new Chromebook is the best way to learn more about it.

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Phil King
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Freelance technology and entertainment journalist Phil has published numerous official Raspberry Pi books. He has been a Raspberry Pi and electronics tinkerer for many years and writes regularly for MagPi magazine.

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