Unlike Windows computers, Chromebooks do not have a dedicated Print Screen key. The process of taking screenshots, however, is sophisticated and simple. In Chrome OS, you have the option of selecting a part of the screen for the screenshot. Chrome OS also automatically saves the screenshot as a png image file. Here’s how you can take and locate screenshots on Chrome OS.
Take a Screenshot of the Current Page
If you press Control and Window Switcher Key together, you can get a screenshot of your whole screen. The Window Switcher Key is the one with the three boxes above the number 6 key. For non Chrome OS keyboards, press Control with the F5 key.
For Non Chrome OS keyboards: Ctrl + F5
Take a Screenshot of Selected Area
To take a screenshot of only a specific area of the screen, press CTRL + SHIFT + Window Switcher Key. The cursor turns into a crosshair pointer. You can selected a rectangular area on the screen by clicking and dragging the cursor on the area that you want a screenshot of. After selecting the area, release your mouse or trackpad button. That’s it. Your screenshot is taken.
For Non Chrome OS keyboards:
Ctrl + Shift + F5, then click, drag and release
Find your Screenshot
As soon as you take the screenshot, a notification appears on the bottom right corner of your screen confirming the action. Clicking on the notification opens the screenshot.
The screenshot automatically gets saved as a png image file in your local Downloads folder. The date and time of the screenshot are reflected on the name of the .png file.
That’s all there is to it. It’s a pretty simple process, and can come in handy a lot of times.