Take a screenshot or record your screen

You can take a screenshot or record a video of your Chromebook's screen. After you capture your screen, you can view, edit, delete and share the image or video.

Tip: Screenshots and recordings are automatically copied to your clipboard.

Take a screenshot

  1. If your Chromebook has it, press the screenshot key .
    • If your Chromebook has no screenshot key:
      • At the bottom right of your screen, select Settings and then Screen Capture .
      • Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows .
    • If your external keyboard doesn't have a Show windows key , press Ctrl + Shift + F5.
  2. In the menu at the bottom, select screenshot .
  3. Select an option:
    • Take a full-screen screenshot .
    • Take a partial screenshot .
    • Take a window screenshot .

Tips:

  • On your keyboard, to change the section that you want to screenshot, you can also press the space bar.
  • You can also change the size of your screenshot. On your keyboard, press the Tab key until one of the circle corners of the section is highlighted.
    • On your keyboard, to change the height of your screenshot, press the Up arrow or Down arrow keys.
    • On your keyboard, to change the width of your screenshot, press the Left arrow or Right arrow keys.
  • To take a screenshot, you can also use the menu on your screen. At the bottom, select the time and then Screen capture.

Record your screen

  1. Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows .
  2. In the menu at the bottom, select Screen record .
  3. Select an option:
    • Record the full screen .
    • Record a partial screen .
    • Record a window .
  4. At the bottom, select Settings .
    • To record a video with your camera on, turn on Front camera.
    • To record a video with audio, you can select:
      • Device audio
      • Microphone
      • Device audio and microphone
    • To show key combos, mouse clicks and touch gestures when you record, turn on Show keys and clicks.
  5. To start recording:
    • To record full screen: Click anywhere on your screen.
    • To record partial screen: Select a part of the screen to be recorded. From the drop-down, you can select:
      • Record video: File format is .webm.
      • Record GIF: File format is .gif.
    • To record window: Select a window to record.
  6. To stop recording, at the bottom right, select Stop recording .
    • To stop recording, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Search + Shift + X.

Tips:

  • GIFs don’t capture audio or video input.
  • To protect your privacy, only key combos with modifier keys will show for show keys and clicks.

Find recordings and screenshots

Recordings and screenshots get saved to your 'Downloads' folder. You can change where your recordings or screenshots are saved:

  1. Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows .
  2. At the bottom, select Settings and then Select folder.
    • Recordings or screenshots that you take are added to the folder you select.

Learn how to open, save or delete files.

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