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Use a stylus with your Chromebook

If your touchscreen Chromebook works with a stylus, you can use the stylus to take notes and screenshots, draw, or act as a laser pointer or magnifying glass.

If your Chromebook comes with a built-in stylus, click the button on the side of the Chromebook. The stylus will pop out.

Note: You can’t use Bluetooth styluses with Chromebooks. Sometimes, capacitive styluses don’t work well.

Take notes

  1. On your desktop, tap Stylus Stylus.
  2. Tap New note.
  3. In the window that appears, use your stylus to take notes.

To change which app you use to take notes:

  1. On your desktop, tap Stylus Stylus and then Settings Settings.
  2. In the "Note-taking app" drop-down, choose an app.

Learn how to download other note-taking apps that work with your stylus.

Draw or sketch

  1. If you haven’t yet, get the Google Play Store app for your Chromebook.
  2. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  3. Click the app you want to use for drawing, like ArtCanvas.
  4. Use the app to draw with your stylus.

Learn how to download other drawing apps that work with your stylus.

Take a screenshot

Take a partial screenshot
  1. On your desktop, tap Stylus Stylus.
  2. Using your stylus, tap Capture region.
  3. Using your stylus, touch and hold somewhere on the screen, then drag.
  4. Release to finish the screenshot.
Take a full-page screenshot
  1. On your desktop, tap Stylus Stylus.
  2. Tap Capture screen.

Use the stylus as a laser pointer or magnifying glass

If you’re showing off your artwork or giving a presentation, you can use your stylus as a laser pointer. To see something up close, you can use your stylus to make part of your screen bigger.

  1. On your desktop, tap Stylus Stylus.
  2. Tap Laser pointer mode or Magnifying glass mode.
  3. Touch the stylus to the screen and move it around.
  4. Optional: To turn off, tap Laser pointer Laser pointer or Magnifying glass Magnifying glass.

Change settings & download apps

  1. On your desktop, tap Stylus Stylus.
  2. Tap Settings Settings.
  3. Change how and when the stylus options pop up:
    • To show or hide the stylus icon, turn Show stylus tools in the shelf on or off.
    • To see the stylus tools when you take your stylus out of your Chromebook, turn on Open stylus tools when the stylus is removed.
  4. Optional: To find & download more apps that work with your stylus, click Find more stylus apps.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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