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How to print screen on Chromebook (Easy Screenshot)

How to print screen on Chromebook

Printing the screen on a Chromebook is simple if you know how to do it. In this guide, we’ll show you how to print the screen on a Chromebook. 

What does it mean to Print screens?

Simply put, taking a print screen is the same as taking a screenshot—a modern term for a (digital) print of your screen. You may do this in a variety of ways, including by taking a snapshot of all or part of your screen. 

There are possibilities if you want to capture more than simply what’s on your screen, such as a complete website or document.

The process of capturing a screenshot is different on every operating system, including Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks.

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Print screen on laptop Chromebook 

There are different Chromebooks available, some of which can be folded in half and used as tablets. We’ll assume for the sake of this first part that you’re using the Chromebook as a laptop with a touchpad, mouse, and keyboard.

Then, there are two methods for getting screenshots on a Chromebook. For instance, you can capture the full screen, but you may choose to pick a portion of the screen to capture instead.

I’d want to introduce one keyboard key before we get started since it’s important for capturing screenshots. The key is labelled “display windows.”

Full screenshot

There is a short-cut key combination you may use on your Chromebook to snap a full-screen screenshot.

A print screen will be generated when you press Ctrl + Show Windows.

That’s how easy it can be. I’ll describe how to capture a screenshot of a specific area of the screen before going on to further describe all the choices you have following this.

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Partial screenshot

There is one more key combination you need on your Chromebook to print a portion of the screen.

Here is a quick road map.

To display windows, use Shift + Ctrl +

Thus, by hitting “Shift,” you may choose which portion of the screen to record. Drag the area you want to capture in the snapshot using your mouse.

More tips

The bottom right corner of the screen will allow you to see and copy the screenshot once you’ve taken it.

The screenshot will be saved to your clipboard if you choose that option, allowing you to paste it anywhere you want. 

This might be done, for instance, via a chat like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger or in a document, email, or other tools. This makes sending screenshots from your Chromebook much quicker.

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Where are screenshots saved on the Chromebook?

Are you searching for your stored collection of print screens on your Chromebook? Or have you taken a screenshot and unintentionally closed the window? If so, finding them again is simple.

  • Access the launcher by going to the display’s bottom left corner.
  • Type “files” into the search bar.
  • Start the “Files” app.
  • Here, click “Downloads.”
  • Here is a summary of your screenshots (apart from potentially some additional files).
  • The screenshots are given the following names by default in ChromeOS: “Screenshotdate> attime>.png.” In this manner, if the moment the snapshot was captured is crucial, you can always recover it.

Taking a snapshot on a tablet Chromebook

Additionally, a growing number of consumers choose Chromebooks with touchscreens. In some cases, folding something in half completely allows you to use it as a tablet as well. 

Additionally, since you lack a keyboard, the aforementioned key combinations are inaccessible.

On a Chromebook, you can still print the screen, which is fortunate. This could sound familiar to those who use an Android phone since the key combination is the same (may of course be slightly different depending on the brand).

Volume Down + Power Together

It is that easy! You currently have another screenshot (of your entire screen) from a Chromebook that was used in tablet mode.

The choices available for capturing screenshots in ChromeOS are covered by that, but there are a ton more that can be used with third-party applications or extensions. 

I’ve included a list of Chromebook screenshotting applications and extensions that I’ve found to work well below.

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Chromebook screenshots using an extension

In general, there are more choices for editing and sharing screenshots when they are taken using an external program or plugin. The two applications I’ll talk about below are quite popular and have all the functions you need.

Lightshot (Chrome-extension)

Advantages Lightshot

  • Making screenshots is simple to do.
  • Simple annotations and editing
  • Simple social media sharing
  • a compact, light tool (extension)

Disadvantages Lightshot

  • Sharing a screenshot through a link makes it available to everyone.
  • Uses only the Chrome browser

DOWNLOAD LIGHTSHOT

Lightshot has been available as a Chrome addon for many years. I have used this program on Windows before, back when I was a child.

On your Chromebook, you may quickly snap screenshots of the complete screen while also selecting an area to capture. After that, you may alter the snapshot in a variety of ways. For instance, you can quickly add an arrow to highlight a certain area.

If you’re happy, there are two ways you may easily communicate your satisfaction:

  • Sharing using Lightshot’s cloud service entails submitting the screenshot to the service and receiving a URL that you may share. The screenshot will be visible to everyone who clicks on the link.
  • On your Chromebook, locally save the screenshot.

I think highly of Lightshot as a tool for taking screenshots, but I usually choose to store them locally. No one needs to be able to see my screenshots online.

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Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Recorder

Advantages 

  • facilitates the generation of screenshots and makes notes and editing simple.
  • several options
  • capturing video footage (screen recording)
  • full-screen screenshots of displays

Disadvantage

  • The features of Nimbus are only available in the Chrome browser at this time.

DOWNLOAD NIMBUS

Nimbus is a Chrome extension that is quite vast and has many more capabilities than Lightshot.

There are choices to record your screen, for instance, in addition to using all of Lightshot’s features, such as capturing partial or whole snapshots of your display.

These (video) recordings may subsequently be edited, converted to MP4 or GIF, and shared with several channels. Nimbus offers a variety of sharing options, including direct sharing to services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Slack.

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In summary

On a Chromebook, there are several choices for capturing screenshots. You can do this using the built-in functions, but there are many extensions available if you want more features and capabilities.