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Two Easy Ways to Take Screenshots on Chromebooks

January 23, 2015
After posting about  the best teacher tools for taking screenshots and annotating them, I received a request from a teacher asking about tools to use to take screenshots on Chromebooks. Below are the suggestions I would recommend  but before that here are some important things to keep in mind when taking screenshots in Chromebooks.

There are actually two ways to take a screenshot on your Chromebook. The first way involves the use of keyboard shortcuts. The advantages of using this way is that it allows you besides taking screenshots from web pages, to also capture your desktop screen;  something which you can not do with web based tools.

Here are the shortcuts to use to take a screenshot on Chromebook:

A- To take a screenshot of the full page, press on “Ctrl” and “Window Switcher”
B- To capture only a specific part of the screen, click on “Ctrl” “Shift” and “Window Switcher”



The second way is through using a third party extension that works on Chrome. The great thing about these extensions is that they enable you to annotate your screenshots using arrows, circles, shapes, and text. Here are some good extensions  to use in this regard:

1-  Awesome Screenshot


Awesome Screenshot allows you to capture visible parts of the screen, focus on a specific part of it, or capture the whole page. You can then crop your screenshot and annotate it using rectangles, circles, arrows,lines and text.
2- Lightshot



This is another great web tool for taking screenshots. Lightshot  works right from your browser. Some of the features it offers to its users include: cropping any part of the page, editing and annotating screenshots using arrows, boxes, circles, and text, saving your screenshots on your hard drive or uploading them to the cloud

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