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Tech Tip #116: How to Take Screenshots

Posted by on October 7, 2015

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: I need to take a screenshot with my Chromebook.

Here’s the shortkey: Hold down the Ctrl key and press the Window Switcher key. The screenshot is placed on the clipboard and in the download folder. If you have trouble finding the Download file, click Alt+Shift+M to open the File Manager. Download will be one of the options on the left sidebar.

In case you use a different digital device, here are the screenshot shortkeys for other platforms:

  • Windows: it’s a tool included in Windows called the Snipping Tool
  • Mac: Command Shift 3 for a full screenshot; Command Shift 4 for a partial screenshot
  • Surface tablet: hold down volume and Windows button
  • iPad: hold Home button and power button at same time
  • Online: use a screenshot tool like Jing, Nimbus, or Snagit

More shortkeys:

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Create Shortkeys for Windows Tools

Use Keyboard Shortcuts With Students

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

4 Responses to Tech Tip #116: How to Take Screenshots

  1. Sandra Cox (@Sandra_Cox)

    This was great! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Rob Bennett

    Huh. I’ve used computers for years and didn’t know this. I always had access to the “Print Screen” button and that was all I needed. Good to know. Thanks!

    • Jacqui

      Me, too, Rob, but then I bought a Chromebook. When I figured out screenshots on that, I realized there were a lot more options.

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