depending on your preference by going⁤ to Settings > Advanced features ⁢> Motions and gestures > Palm swipe to capture.


How to Take⁤ a Screenshot ⁣on Chrome OS

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Chromebooks⁢ have a few different ways to take a screenshot. The most common method is to press the Ctrl + Show windows key (the latter is typically located where the ‌F5 ⁣key would be on a traditional ‌keyboard). The screen will flash white and the⁤ image will be saved to your Downloads folder.‌ You ​can also ‌press‌ Ctrl + ‌Shift + Show windows to capture a partial screenshot.

Another way to take a screenshot⁢ on a ⁣Chromebook is to ‍press the Ctrl + Shift + F5 keys. This‍ will bring up a ‌crosshair⁣ cursor that you can use⁤ to select the area you want to capture. Once you’ve made ‍your selection, the screenshot will be saved to your‍ Downloads folder.

If you have a Chromebook with a 360-degree hinge, you can take ⁣a screenshot by pressing the Power button + Volume down button ‌simultaneously. The screen will flash white and the image ‍will be saved to your Downloads folder.


How to Take a Screenshot on Linux

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On most Linux‍ distributions, you can take‍ a screenshot by pressing the PrtScn ​ key. This will capture the entire screen and save the image to your Pictures folder. If‌ you ⁤only want to capture a specific window, press‍ Alt + ⁢PrtScn.‍ To‍ capture a specific area of the screen, ⁤press ⁣ Shift + PrtScn and then use your mouse to select‍ the area you want to capture.

Some Linux distributions may have additional screenshot‌ tools built in, such as gnome-screenshot or Shutter.‌ These tools offer more advanced features, such as the ability‍ to annotate screenshots or capture specific elements of the screen.


How to Take‌ a ‍Screenshot on macOS

MacBook Pro keyboard

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On a Mac, you can take a screenshot of the entire screen by pressing ​ Command + Shift + 3.‍ The image will be saved to ⁢your desktop. If you only want to capture a specific area of the screen, press⁢ Command + Shift + 4 and then use your mouse to select the area you want to ⁤capture.

To capture ⁤a specific window, ⁤press Command + Shift + ​4,⁢ then ⁤press the ​ Spacebar and click on the window you want to capture.‌ The image will be saved to your desktop.

If⁢ you want to capture a screenshot and save it to your clipboard instead of a file, press Command + Control +‍ Shift + 3 to capture‌ the entire screen or Command + Control + Shift + 4 to capture a specific area.


How to Take a Screenshot on Windows

Windows keyboard

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On a Windows‌ PC,⁣ you can take a screenshot of the entire screen by pressing the Print⁣ Screen key. The image will be saved to your clipboard. If‍ you only want to capture the active window, press Alt + Print Screen. To capture a specific area of⁣ the​ screen, press Windows key⁣ +‌ Shift + S to ⁣bring up the Snip & Sketch tool, then use your mouse to select the area you⁢ want to capture.

Windows also has⁤ a built-in Snipping Tool that ​allows you to capture screenshots of specific areas ⁤of the screen. To‌ open the Snipping Tool, press the Windows ⁣key + Shift + S and then click on the area you want to capture. You can⁣ then annotate the screenshot before⁢ saving it.

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If you⁢ have a Windows tablet or 2-in-1 device⁤ with a stylus, you can ‍use the Windows Ink Workspace to capture and annotate screenshots. Open the Windows Ink Workspace ​by clicking⁣ the pen icon in ​the taskbar, then select Screen ‍Sketch ‌ to capture a screenshot and annotate ⁤it with the stylus.


How to Take a Screenshot on More Devices

For devices not covered ​in this guide, such as gaming consoles, smart TVs, or e-readers, the process of taking a screenshot will vary. In ⁣general, look for a dedicated‍ screenshot button or combination of buttons⁤ on the device, or check the device’s user manual for instructions on how to capture a screenshot.

Alternatively,‌ you can use an external capture card or software to record ⁤video of the ⁣device’s⁣ screen and ​then⁤ take a ⁢screenshot from the ⁢recording. This​ method may be more cumbersome, but it can be useful for capturing ⁤screenshots ⁤on ‍devices that don’t have built-in⁣ screenshot tools.

With the variety of devices and operating systems available today, there ‌are numerous ways ⁣to take a screenshot. Whether you’re using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, you can⁤ easily capture and ⁤save images of your screen to share ‌with others or keep for your own records.

a portion of it. Once you’ve made your selection, the screenshot will be saved to your desktop by default.

Mac screenshot ⁢options

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For those who prefer ‌the old method of taking screenshots on a Mac, you can still use Command + Shift ‍+ ⁣3 ⁤to capture the entire screen or Command + Shift + 4 ⁣to select a specific ‌area ​to capture. The screenshot will ​also be saved to‍ your desktop.

Mac users ‌can also take advantage⁢ of⁤ the Grab app, which can be found in the ​Utilities folder within the Applications ⁤folder. This app allows for more advanced screenshot options, such as capturing ⁢a specific window or menu.


How to Take a Screenshot on Chromebook

Chromebook screenshot

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Chromebook ‍users have a few‍ different options for ⁢taking screenshots. The simplest method⁤ is to press Ctrl + Show Windows (the⁣ key with a ‌square‍ icon) to capture the entire screen. The screenshot will be ⁢saved to the Downloads folder.

If you only want to ​capture a portion of the screen,⁣ press Ctrl + ​Shift⁤ + Show Windows and then click⁣ and⁢ drag to select the area you want to capture. Release the mouse button⁤ to take the ⁢screenshot.

Chromebook screenshot options

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Chromebook users ⁢can also use the built-in⁤ screenshot tool by pressing Ctrl + Shift + F5.⁢ This will bring ​up a toolbar at the bottom of the screen with options to capture the full screen, a partial screen, or a specific window. Once you’ve made your selection, the screenshot will be saved⁤ to the Downloads folder.

For those who ‌prefer a more​ traditional method, Chromebook users can also use the Snagit ‍Chrome extension, which offers more advanced screenshot options​ and editing tools.

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How to Take​ a Screenshot on Android

Android screenshot

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Android‍ users have a few different methods ⁣for ​taking screenshots, depending on the device. The most common method is ⁣to⁣ press the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously. The screen will flash, indicating that the screenshot has been taken.

Some Android devices​ also have a built-in screenshot tool that can⁤ be accessed by holding down the⁤ Power ⁣button and selecting ​ Screenshot from the menu that appears. This tool may‍ offer‍ additional options, such as capturing⁣ a scrolling screenshot or recording a ​video of the screen.

Android⁣ screenshot options

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For those who prefer‍ a more⁣ customizable method, Android users can also use third-party apps from the Google Play Store, such as Screenshot Easy or Screen Master, ​which offer additional​ features like editing ⁣tools and cloud ⁢storage options.


How⁣ to Take a​ Screenshot on ⁤iPhone ⁣ a portion ‍of it, and there’s also the option ‌to take screenshots on⁢ a timer and change where images are saved.

For ‍anyone who prefers keyboard shortcuts, those‍ are still supported. Use ⁤ Command + Shift + 3 ⁤ to capture the entire screen. If you only want part of ‌the screen captured,​ Command ⁤+‍ Shift + 4 will turn the cursor into a crosshair. Select the section of the screen you want to capture.

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To capture a specific window, use Command + Shift + 5. Then hit the space bar to switch ​between capturing a⁤ section of screen and⁢ a ⁤specific window. If‌ you ​have a Mac with a Touch Bar, capture that⁤ by pressing ⁣ Command + Shift + 6.

macOS screenshot

macOS screenshot (Credit: PCMag/Apple)

You can capture an image ‍and ⁤save it ‍to the clipboard by adding Control to any keyboard shortcut you use. For instance,‌ use Command + Shift‌ + Control + 3 to capture the entire‍ screen, or Command + Shift + Control + 4 for ‍a specific section. The image ⁣won’t save ‍to the computer, ⁢but⁤ it can⁢ be pasted into an app.

If⁢ you have a Mac with a Retina display, a screenshot of ‍the entire screen can be huge in PNG format—as big as ‌7MB. If you’d rather the‌ Mac save in ‍JPG ​or some ​other format, change the setting.​ Click ​ Launchpad and open a terminal window on the ⁢Mac‍ in question and type:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg

Enter your password,⁤ if asked, then restart the computer and future screenshots should save in the preferred format you specified. You can always change it⁤ back by ⁤typing the ⁣above command with‍ PNG at the end‌ instead.

If you prefer a third-party solution, options like TechSmith Capture, Snagit, Skitch, LightShot, and others are⁣ available.


How to Take a Screenshot on ⁣a Chromebook

Chromebook keyboard

Chromebook⁤ keyboard‌ (Credit: Molly Flores)

Those with a Chromebook ‍can take a screenshot through a method specific⁣ to your computer’s manufacturer. Some ​models ​have a Screenshot key​ that looks like a camera. Others require you to press ‍the Shift + Ctrl + Show Windows ⁤ (a box with lines⁣ next​ to it) shortcut, then select Screenshot to capture the full ⁤screen,​ part of the screen, or a⁣ specific window.

If⁣ you’re using an external keyboard, ⁢you can use Ctrl + F5 to capture the entire screen⁢ or Ctrl + Shift + F5 ‍to grab a part of the screen. When using your Chromebook in tablet mode, press​ the ⁤power ‍and volume down buttons to snap​ a picture of‌ the entire screen.

Your ‌screenshot ‌will ​be saved in the Downloads⁣ folder by default, but you can change that by pressing ⁣ Shift + ​Ctrl + ‌Show Windows, then choosing Settings > ⁣Select folder. You can also upload them ⁢to Google Photos or ‌back them up⁢ in Google Drive.

screenshot tool in chromeos

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In ⁢2021, Google also added a screen-capture tool to Chrome OS. To use⁢ it, click the‌ time on the ​bottom ‍right of the desktop to open Quick Settings. Choose Screen‌ capture, then you can capture (or ⁣record) the full screen, a single window, or just one part ⁢of your ⁢screen. Click Capture, and​ the image​ will be⁣ saved to Tote on your shelf.


How to Take a Screenshot on⁣ a⁤ Linux ​Device

ubuntu desktop

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There are almost ​as many ways to take a screenshot in Linux as there are flavors ‍of Linux. ⁢Focusing on Ubuntu ‌in ⁤particular, open ⁤the Activities menu⁣ and select Screenshot. You can ⁣then ⁢choose between the whole screen,‌ a single window, or a custom area before snapping an image.

Linux⁤ also allows you ⁣to use the Print Screen button,‍ as well as the Alt + Print Screen shortcut to screenshot a specific window. Use Shift‌ + Print Screen to ⁣select a custom area to capture. You can also​ add the Ctrl key to​ any shortcut and save the image to the ⁤clipboard.

The ‌program GIMP (GNU‍ Image Manipulation Program) allows you to take a screenshot ⁢from the same program where you edit​ the image⁤ after it’s captured. Open GIMP and go to File > Acquire > Screen Shot. You’ll get a ⁢few options, such as taking the entire screen, a window, or using a time delay. The captured ⁣image then opens ⁢in GIMP ⁣for editing.


The Best Screen Capture Apps and Browser Extensions

snagit program

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If you don’t want ⁢to rely on features⁤ built-in at the OS-level, there ⁣are also many third-party programs‌ that can help you capture and share what’s on your screen. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, ⁤and‍ Edge all support ⁣add-ons that extend browser ‍usability. Here are a‍ few options to fit your needs:

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