Working on a Chromebook is usually a breeze because it was designed to be compact and easy to use. This compact design, however, changed what is familiar to most. Taking screenshots, for example, is no longer done by pressing a button because the Print Screen key is no longer there.
This feature, along with many others, still exists of course, and we're about to show you how to take screenshots on a Chromebook and view all of your other useful Chromebook shortcuts.
Taking screenshots on the Chromebook can be done in several ways, either a full screenshot of the entire screen or a selection of photos where you can choose which part of the screen to copy. The steps for each are outlined below:
- Full screenshot on netbook – Press Ctrl + Show all open windows key. If you're using a standard keyboard, that would be the F5 button.
- Full screen capture on a detachable screen or tablet – Simultaneously press and hold the power and volume down buttons.
- Partial screenshot – Hold Shift + Ctrl + Show all open windows key. The screen will show a cursor that you can then click and drag over the area of the screen you want to capture. Chromebook takes a screenshot the moment you release the mouse button (or release your finger from the trackpad). Do not release the button or your finger until you have correctly selected the area of the screen you want to capture.
Once you have taken a screenshot, a small window showing the screenshot will appear at the bottom right of the screen. This is both to confirm that the screenshot was taken and to show you what it looks like. You can then decide if you want to take another screenshot.
Screenshots are saved to the Files app on your Chromebook. You can access it by tapping the circle icon at the bottom left of your screen, then choosing files or using the shortcut Alt + May + M.
Printing your images
Printing on a Chromebook is quite different from printing on a normal computer or laptop. Chromebooks use Google Cloud Print to connect to printers. If you have a traditional printer that does not support Google Cloud Print, you will need to use a computer with Chrome installed to enable Cloud Printing.
If you're printing to a Chromebook with a cloud-enabled printer, all you need to do is set it up so your device recognizes it. To do this, follow these instructions:
- Click on the bottom right where the time is displayed. This will open a menu.
- To choose Parameters by clicking on the cog icon.
- Scroll down and select Advanced settings.
- Now select Printers.
- Find your printer in the Available Printers to Register menu. Click on it.
- If your printer appears under the Registered printers menu then you are all set.
For regular printers, you'll need to set them up using a desktop or laptop computer with Chrome installed. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open Chrome on your computer where the printer is installed.
- Open Parameters by clicking on the three dots icon in the upper right corner of your browser.
- In the left menu click on Advanced.
- Click on Impression.
- From the Print menu, choose Google Cloud Print.
- Click on Manage cloud print devices.
- Sous Classic printers, click on Add printers.
- In the list, choose the printer you want to add and click on Add a printer.
This connects your printer to your Google account and can be used to print images by any device connected to your account through Google Cloud Print.
Other Popular Shortcuts
- See all keyboard shortcuts – Ctrl + Alt + /
- Caps lock on/off – Search + Alt
- Open a new window – Ctrl + n
- Open a window in incognito mode – Ctrl + Maj + n
- Open a new tab – Ctrl + t
- Close current tab – ctrl + w
- Close current window – Ctrl + Maj + w
- Top of page - Search + Up ou Alt + skin
- Footer - Search + Down ou Alt + Down
- Go up - Ctrl + Alt + Skin
- To go downstairs -Ctrl + Alt + Bas
- Open the Files app – Maj + Alt + m
- Show hidden files Ctrl +
- To cancel - Ctrl+z
- Redo - Ctrl + Maj + z
Versatility on processing power
The Chromebook is an affordable, compact, and stable device designed for those who value versatility over processing power. Due to its compact nature, some functions that have become familiar to most computer users are not where they usually are. Knowing how the different shortcuts to these functions work is essential to getting the most out of your Chromebook.
Do you know any other ways to take screenshots on Chromebook? Are there any other Chromebook shortcuts you find useful? Share your opinion in the comments below.