This guide will teach you how to manually take screenshots on any ChromeOS devices.

Check the hole info posted below in order to learn how to screen capture web pages, games, music apps, folder contents, notes, and more. On ChromeOS devices you can capture entire or partial parts of the screen, just like on any other operating system like Windows, Mac OS, Linux, etc.

All the screenshots you take on your Chromebook, Chromebox, Chrome OS tablet, or any other device that also uses your keyboard, are saved locally in the Files app. If you’ve synced your Google Drive with your Chrome OS device, then you can easily find and open these screenshots even remotely.

In most cases you can take a screenshot using the Window Switcher Key located on your ChromeOS keyboard. The Window Switcher Key is only present on keyboards packed with Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and other similar devices, and it is the key that is shows a couple of stacked rectangles above 6 and 7 number keys.

If you’re using a normal QWERTY keyboard with your Chromebox device, then you should check the info in the second guide on how to take a screenshot using it.

Check the guidelines below in order to learn how to manually take a screenshot of your ChromeOS device:

  1. If you want to take a partial screenshot then you have to press CTRL + SHIFT + Window Switcher Key.
  2. For a full screen capture you have to press CTRL + Window Switcher Key.

After the capture is done, it will be saved locally. Find the screen by opening the Files app, and then opening the Downloads section. The screenshot you’ve just taken should have in its name the date and hour it was saved at, but don’t worry, as you can easily rename the file.

NOTE: If you are taking screenshots using the Guest account, then you have to copy or move the file to Google Drive or any other cloud-based storage in order to preserve the file. Every time you log out of a Guest account all the data you’ve saved will be wiped completely.

If you’re using a “Windows” QWERTY/ AZERTY keyboard with your ChromeOS device, then you can take a screenshot like this:

  • press CTRL + F5 in order to take a full screen capture.
  • press CTRL + SHIFT + F5 to capture a partial part of your screen.


If you own a Chromebook device that can rotate 360-degrees, then you can easily take a screenshot of its screen by pressing POWER button + Volume Down, just like you would do on an Android device.

If you need more help or you have any other cool tips on how to take a screenshot of your ChromeOS contents, then tell us in comments below.