Let's discuss what a snipping tool is and if Chromebooks come with a pre-installed version of it. Then we'll tackle how to use the snipping tool on a Chromebook to take full or partial screenshots, or of specific windows.

How to Use Snipping Tool on Chromebook

What Is A Snipping Tool?

A snipping tool allows you to do either a partial or full screenshot of your computer's screen and that is commonly used through a combination of keys. It's a tool that comes in handy to take quick screenshots of pictures, texts, or anything else.

A snipping tool is a timesaver application to have if you are studying or working remotely especially since you can save the images on their clipboard.

The captured screenshots can be shared via social media messaging apps or using Google Classrooms, Hangouts, Docs, or Slides.

All the features of this tool make it so important to understand how to use the snipping tool on a Chromebook.

Do Chromebooks Have A Snipping Tool?

Yes, Chromebooks have a free built-in snipping tool that allows you to take full or partial screenshots. It can be used by pressing a combination of keys (Ctrl + Show Window to take a full screenshot and Ctrl + Shift + Show to take a selective screenshot).

However, if you are looking for more features or functionalities, you may find the built-in tool too simple for your needs.

You can get a third-party tool like the "Nimbus Screenshot" or Lightshot extensions for Chrome.

Use Snipping Tool On Chromebook To Take Full-Screen Screenshots

Here's how to use the snipping tool on Chromebook to take full screenshots:

Step 1: Press "Ctrl + Show Window" Simultaneously

An image of the fullscreen will be taken with the snipping tool as soon as you press these keys.

Full Screenshot Chromebook Snipping Tool - Step 1

Some Chromebook keyboards may have the "F5" key instead of "Show Window".

Step 2: Open The Screenshot File

A miniature image of the screenshot will appear at the bottom-right corner. Click on it to show it on the folder ("My Files > Download) or click "copy to clipboard".

Full Screenshot Chromebook Snipping Tool - Step 2

Take a Partial Screenshot On A Chromebook

Here’s how to use a snipping tool on Chromebook for taking a partial screenshot:

Step 1: Press "Ctrl + Shift + Show Window" Simultaneously

The cursor will temporarily turn into a cross-hair. The screen will also dim slightly.

Partial Screenshot Chromebook Snipping Tool - Step 1

Some Chromebook keyboards may have the "F5" key instead of "Show Window".

Step 2: Click & Drag a Square Across A Portion Of The Screen

Partial Screenshot Chromebook Snipping Tool - Step 2

Step 3: Open The Screenshot File

Click on miniature-image at the right-bottom corner to locate the image in its downloads folder.

Partial Screenshot Chromebook Snipping Tool - Step 3

Take a Screenshot Of A Specific Window On A Chromebook

Here’s how to use the snipping tool on Chromebook for taking a screenshot of a specific window:

Step 1: Press "Ctrl + Alt + Show Window" Simultaneously

Window Screenshot Chromebook Snipping Tool - Step 1

Some Chromebook keyboards may have the "F5" key instead of "Show Window".

Step 2: Hover Your Mouse Over A Window & Click on it

Your Chromebook will take a screenshot of the window automatically.

Window Screenshot Chromebook Snipping Tool - Step 2

Step 3: Open The Screenshot

The image will be saved in the Downloads folder.

Window Screenshot Chromebook Snipping Tool - Step 3

Keyboard Shortcuts To Take Screenshots On Your Chromebook

Here’s how to take screenshots on the Chromebook using the snipping tool and keyboard shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + Show Windows. This is for taking a full screenshot.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Show Windows. It takes a screenshot of an area of the screen.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Show Windows. This is for taking a screenshot of a specific window.

Can You Edit A Screenshot On Chromebook?

Yes, you can do basic edits on the screenshots you've captured on your Chromebook. Here are the steps:

  • Step 1: Go to "Files"

    Files - Edit Screenshot On Chromebook

  • Step 2: Go to the "Images" folder

    Images - Edit Screenshot On Chromebook

  • Step 3: Double-click on the image you want to edit

    Double Click - Edit Screenshot On Chromebook

  • Step 4: Choose from the editing options

    Editing Options - Edit Screenshot On Chromebook

  • Step 5: Click "Save"

Where Are Screenshots Saved On Chromebook?

Your screenshots are automatically saved in the "Download" folder within "My Files" folder. You also have the option to chose where your Chromebook screenshots are saved by following these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Press "Shift + Ctrl + Show Window" simultaneously
  • Step 2: Choose "Settings >Select folder" (where you want to save screenshots).

Useful And Easy To Use Snipping Tool On Chromebook

The snipping tool is very useful when you are studying or working. Fortunately, it’s easy to use the snipping tool on your Chromebook as you only need to press some buttons and use the mouse.

You can also choose the folder where the screenshots are located on your Chromebook.

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