Saturday, 10 December 2016

How to take a screenshot on your Chromebook


A Chromebook is a laptop running the Linux-based Chrome OS as its operating system. Yup you read it right it is Linux based. It used Linux kernel underneath. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing in "the cloud".

Chromebooks ship with Google Chrome OS, an operating system that uses the Linux kernel and the Google Chrome web-browser with an integrated media-player.

Your Chromebook is different from your personal laptops and Desktops. There are two essential things to consider before you go for a chromebook
  1. Chrome OS : This is the OS that runs on your chromebook. You need to get familiar with it. Chrome OS is an operating system designed by Google and based upon the Linux kernel. Google announced the project in July 2009, conceiving it as an operating system in which both applications and user data reside in the cloud: hence Chrome OS primarily runs web applications. (Wiki)
  2. Cloud computing : This is a major deal breaker here. Chromebook essentially is a cloud computing device. You access your data stored in cloud and signout when done. Most if your data is in cloud. So even if you lose your chromebook your data is safe.
Without these two your chromebook is essentially a browser!

Following video posted by google which sums up what chromebook really is.

There are tons of different things associated with chromebook from it's keyboard layout, its file directories all the way to the apps you run on it. Will get into those details in perhaps upcoming posts but in this post we will see how to take a screenshot on your chromebook.

How to take a screenshot on your Chromebook

  • To take screenshot of entire screen you need to press ‘Ctrl’ and ‘Window Switcher’ keys together.

  • To get a part of the screen you need to press ‘Ctrl’ , ‘Shift’  and ‘Window Switcher’ keys together.

Once you do that you should see a notification saying "Screenshot taken".

Screenshots will be available under Downloads directory of your chromebook.

 As I mentioned earlier keyboard layout of your chromebook is different than your traditional laptop. For eg. you don't have a capslock or a delete button. Instead if capslock you would see a search button. Anyway to understand keyboard shortcuts you can press
  • Ctrl + Alt + ?
And you should see a keyboard layout. When you press on
  • Ctrl or
  • Search or
  • alt or
  • their combinations
you should see their corresponding key shortcuts. For rg when you press Ctrl while on that layout you can see all shortcuts starting with Ctrl. Notice the screenshot shortcut we saw above -

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