Chromebooks have a native screenshot tool that allows users to capture a page or window on their screen, and there are different ways to do so depending on a number of factors. Admittedly, several key features are missing on Chrome OS such as a restart button, but it still has its fair share of useful features, some of which do not require users to install any extra applications.

Chromebooks are very popular in the education space thanks to their affordable price tags, long battery life, and ease of use. However, they do have competitors, one of which is Microsoft which recently announced Windows 11 SE, a lightweight version of Windows designed for the classroom. In November 2021, Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop SE, a $249 11.6-inch laptop that is only available for education customers.

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Like Windows, there are multiple ways to take a screenshot on Chromebooks. However, this does depend on whether the Chrome OS device is a tablet (or in tablet mode), a laptop (or in laptop mode), or connected to an external display with a separate keyboard and mouse attached. Chrome OS allows users to choose between three different screenshot types —’Partial’ for taking a screenshot of just a portion of the screen, ‘Full screen’ which is self-explanatory, and ‘Window’ for taking a screenshot of a particular window. The screenshot tool also has a screen-recording function for those who want to record their screen instead.

More Than One Way To Take A Screenshot

Chrome OS has a native screenshot tool

The easiest way to take a screenshot works regardless of the device or the mode being used. To take a screenshot on a Chrome OS device, tap/click on the battery or Wi-Fi icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen. It should bring up the Quick Settings menu which has a button that says Screen Capture. Click on it and the Screenshot tool should appear on the screen. If the Chrome OS device is a laptop or a desktop computer, another way to take a screenshot is by pressing the Shift + Ctrl + Show windows keys together. The Show windows Key is the one with a rectangle and two vertical lines.

Some third-party keyboards such as those from Logitech have a dedicated key for taking screenshots. The screenshot key on Logitech keyboards has a camera icon but it might be different on keyboards from other brands. A simple press of this button will bring up the screenshot tool. In addition, those with a Chromebook that has a touchscreen can take a screenshot by clicking on the Stylus Tools button on the shelf. Doing so will bring up a menu that includes Screen Capture.

Finally, the popular Android screenshot method, which involves pressing the power and volume down buttons at the same time, also works on Chrome OS tablets or devices with a 2-in-1 in tablet mode. After taking a screenshot, the captured image will appear on the bottom-right corner of the screen. Users can then decide to edit the image or delete it right away. The screenshot tool’s Setting icon also allows users to choose where to save the captured image by clicking on it and selecting the folder that screenshots should be saved to. With so many screenshot options available, users can choose the one that best suits their Chromebook or Chrome OS device.