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How to take a screenshot in Google Chromebook

July 07, 2011 01:51 PDT

The Chromebooks are launched, and with the different operating system unlike the Windows and Mac OS, the options and interface for sure would be a lot different. Doing the most basic things in the Google Chrome OS would be different and new, and one has to learn about it. The basic activities usually are taking screenshot, transferring data to other devices etc. and taking screenshots is one of the important ones too, to share tutorials, to share info with friends in an easy way. But as said, the Google Chrome OS and the Chromebooks have a different way of operating the things.

Using the Page Flipper key

When you are on a particular window, taking the screenshot of that particular window can be done by pressing 2 keys. Here is how:

Press "Ctrl" + "Page Flipper Key" (Image) together and the screenshot is taken and saved in a separate folder from where you can retrieve the screenshot.

the Samsung Chroembook

Where is the screenshot saved?

The screenshot taken in the Chromebook are stored at a particular folder in the file manager, and the interface is quite different from that of Windows. You need to go to the File Manager directly by pressing "Ctrl + M", and in that, you would see the "File Shelf" where the different saved items can be seen in various folders. Go to the "Screenshots" section and there you would see the captured screenshots sorted by the date and time taken.

Taking screenshots is a simple trick in Google Chrome OS, and as in other operating systems, here too you can use the different browser apps etc. to take the screenshots but the simplest one is the keyboard shortcuts. The Page Flipper key helps in more than one function, just like the Print Screen key does in the Windows computer keyboards.

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Posted by Andrew.

#1  posted on July 15, 2011 18:12 PDT
hey holmes. what the heck is the page flipper key? you should have told us what this key was, to make it easier for the novice. thank you for your support, and best regard...

bobby b

#2  posted on September 23, 2012 08:54 PDT
The page flipper is the key that is 7 buttons down from the power button. It looks like square windows.

#3  posted on December 26, 2012 04:53 PST
The flipper key is a key with an arrow on it. It lets you also flip between the various windows that you may have open. This article is perfect for Chromebook users on getting screen shots.

#4  posted on February 20, 2013 17:31 PST
I don't have a flip button... I have an Acer Chromebook..

#5  posted on March 05, 2013 17:31 PST
i have a samsung chromebook. i only have 5 keys below the power button, and while i have 2 different sets of arrow keys, neither goes through the different tabs i have open. one set (at the top left, like function buttons) are reload/go back buttons for the open tab itself, the other set (at the bottom right) will turn pages *within* a site that is open. neither will allow me to move between tabs. i haven't yet discovered which other key may be the "page flipper key."

agree with rob r - images would have helped this small tutorial a LOT.

#6  posted on March 05, 2013 17:35 PST
posting for others - here is one simple image that will show you how to take a screenshot - easy-peasy. also, (at least in mine) the image will not be in a separate folder labelled screenshots; it's just in the download file list as "screenshot (date)." you can get there with cntl+m if you don't know how to access your d/l files.

#7  posted on March 06, 2013 21:28 PST
What a horribly written article. Not only do you not properly identify what you call a "page flipper key", but pressing ctrl+m does absolutely nothing on an Acer Chromebook. This article was far from helpful, and only added to my frustration of not being able render a screenshot.

#8  posted on March 20, 2013 14:47 PDT
Hello. This was NOT helpful. So, can anybody, of any use, tell me how to do a screen shot? And what the hell is a flipper key?

#9  posted on April 10, 2013 09:45 PDT
Using an Acer Chromebook here for anyone looking for help in future, it's ctrl + F5. I wasn't able to screencap what I needed in time but hopefully it's of use to someone!

#10  posted on May 07, 2013 06:52 PDT
Thanks Swine! Really appreciate it :)

#11  posted on July 22, 2013 14:12 PDT
I didnt help and its annoying because now it says " Failed to save screenshot" and its getting on my nerves

#12  posted on September 16, 2013 15:21 PDT
This was very helpful. Thank You

#13  posted on December 12, 2013 23:52 PST
it's just ctrl + f5 people.

#14  posted on December 24, 2013 11:49 PST
Using an Acer Chromebook here for anyone looking for help in future, it's ctrl + F5. i see that in this link

#15  posted on January 07, 2014 12:21 PST
I am a computer teacher in a middle school, using Samsung Chromebooks. We know how to take a screenshot, but the problem is sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't,an error message comes up saying, "Failed to save screenshot." Why does this happen? Within the same class, sometimes it works for half the class, and then it doesn't for the other half. Other times, it can work one moment for a person, and then not work another time for that same person. (To make the screenshot, we pres Ctrl + Shift + the key that's above the #6 - it has 3 little squares overlapping each other - not sure if that's the Page flipper key, but I know we're using the correct keys and steps.)

#16  posted on February 20, 2014 03:21 PST

On Acer Chromebook, the shortcut it ctrl + (overview key/F5)

To see what the overview key looks like, see:

The overview key has a square rectangle symbol with two horizontal lines next to it.

Thanks @swine and @dani

#17  posted on July 04, 2014 22:58 PDT
If you want to click a still photo on the whole screen then you can hold down the “ctrl” key and press the F5 key. The notifications of popup will indicate the screenshot that captures. You just need to click on the notifications for viewing the default directory for screenshot and for copying the .png files to the clipboard and paste it anywhere just click on the bottom portion.

#18  posted on July 20, 2014 02:19 PDT

use ctr+ key with icon of screen with two stripes on hpchromebook

#19  posted on January 05, 2016 10:50 PST
You need to go to the File Manager directly by pressing "Ctrl + M", and in that, you would see the "File Shelf" where the different saved items can be seen in various folders. Go to the "Screenshot"

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