How to Screenshot on Chromebook
Working on a Chromebookis usually a breeze, as it has been designed to be compact and easy to use.This compact design however has changed what’s familiar to most. Takingscreenshots, for example, are no longer done with the push of a button becausethe Print Screen key is no longer there.
This function, along with many others, still exists of course, and we’re about to show you how you can take screenshots on a Chromebook and show all the other useful shortcuts that your Chromebook has.
Taking screenshots on the Chromebook may be done in several ways, either a full screenshot of the entire screen or a selection shot where you get to choose which part of the screen to copy. The steps for each are described below:
- Full screenshot on the netbook –Press Ctrl + the Show All Open Windows key. If you’re using a standardkeyboard, this would be the F5 button.
- Full screenshot on a detachablescreen or tablet – Press and hold the Power and Volume down buttons at the sametime.
- Partial screenshot – Hold Shift +Ctrl + Show All Open Windows key. The screen will display a cursor that you canthen click and drag over the area of the screen you want to capture. Chromebooktakes a screenshot the moment you release your mouse button (or release yourfinger from the trackpad). Don’t release the button or your finger until you’veproperly selected the area of the screen you want to capture.
Once you’ve taken ascreenshot, a small window showing the capture will appear on the lower rightside of the screen. This is both to confirm that the screenshot has been takenand to show you how it looks like. You can then decide if you want to take anotherscreenshot.
Screenshots are saved in the Files app on your Chromebook. This can be accessed by pushing on the circle icon on the lower left of your screen, then choosing files, or using the shortcut Alt + Shift + M.
Printing Your Images
Printing on Chromebookis quite different than printing on a computer or a normal laptop. Chromebooksuse Google Cloud Print to connect to printers. If you have a traditionalprinter that doesn’t support Google Cloud Print, you’ll have to use a computerwith Chrome installed to enable Cloud Printing.
If you’re printing on a Chromebook with a cloud-ready printer, all you have to do is to set it up so that your device recognizes it. To do this, follow these instructions:
- Click on the lower right where the timeis displayed. This will open a menu.
- Choose Settings by clicking on thecog icon.
- Scroll down and select AdvancedSettings.
- Select Printers.
- Find your printer under theAvailable printers to save menu. Click on it.
- If your printer appears under theSaved Printers menu then you’re all set.
For classic printers, you’ll have to set them up using a desktop or a laptop that has Chrome installed. To do this, go through these steps:
- Open Chrome on your computer thathas the printer installed.
- Open Settings by clicking on thethree dots icon on the upper right corner of your browser.
- On the menu on the left click onAdvanced.
- Click on Printing.
- On the Printing menu, choose GoogleCloud Print.
- Click on Manage Cloud Print Devices.
- Under Classic Printers, click on AddPrinters.
- From the list, choose which printeryou wish to add then click on Add Printer.
This connects your printer to your Google account and can be used to print images by any device signed in to your account through Google Cloud Print.
Other Popular Shortcuts
- See All Keyboard Shortcuts – Control+ Alt + /
- Caps Lock on/off – Search + Alt
- Open a new window – Ctrl + n
- Open a window in incognito mode –Ctrl + Shift + n
- Open a new tab – Ctrl + t
- Close current tab – Ctrl + w
- Close current window – Ctrl + Shift+ w
- Page Up – Search + Up or Alt + Up
- Page Down – Search + Down or Alt +Down
- Go to Top – Ctrl + Alt + Up
- Go to Bottom -Ctrl + Alt + Down
- Open the Files app – Shift + Alt + m
- Show hidden files Ctrl +
- Undo – Ctrl + z
- Redo – Ctrl + Shift + z
Versatility Over Processing Power
The Chromebook is anaffordable, compact, and stable device designed for those that prefer versatilityover processing power. Because of its compact nature, some functions that havebecome familiar to most computer users aren’t where they usually are. Knowinghow the different shortcuts to these functions work is essential to get themost out of your Chromebook.
Do you know of otherways to take screenshots on Chromebook? Are there other Chromebook shortcutsthat you find useful? Share your thoughts in the comments below.