How to Take a Full or Partial Screenshot on Windows 10, a Chromebook, or a Mac

If you’re looking for instructions on how to take a full or partial screenshot on your Windows 10 PC, your Chromebook, or your Mac computer, this brief article can help you. The instructions here are not unique and you can find them on plenty of sites, but I’m tired of looking them up elsewhere so I’m putting them on my site too. 🙂

Table of Contents

  1. How to Take a Screenshot on a Windows 10 PC
  2. How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook
  3. How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

I. How to Take a Screenshot on a Windows 10 PC

A. How to take a FULL Screenshot on a Windows 10 PC

  • Press the Windows Logo button+PrtScn buttons on your keyboard to save the screenshot to a file. This will save the full screenshot into a folder called Screenshots that is a sub-folder of your Pictures Folder under your This PC Menu.
  • Use the Windows 10 Snip & Sketch Tool (formerly Snipping Tool app). This is a bit more complicated in my opinion.
  • Press the Windows Logo button + G to open the new Game Bar option in Windows 10. These screenshots will be in the Captures Folder which is a sub-folder of the VIDEOS Folder on your This PC Menu
Windows 10 Game Bar Screenshot

HowtoGeek has a nice article about screenshots if you’re more interested in this topic.

B. How to take a PARTIAL Screenshot on a Windows 10 PC

  • The easiest way is to just press the Windows Logo + Shift Key + S key. Then you can select the area you want to take a partial screenshot of.
  • Use the Windows 10 Snip & Sketch Tool (formerly Snipping Tool app). This is a bit more complicated in my opinion.

II. How to Take a Screenshot on a Chromebook

Screenshots on a Chromebook are pretty simple. All the screenshots are stored in your FILES Folder.

A. How to take a FULL Screenshot on a Chromebook

Press the Control + Shift Window Key. It looks like this…

Chromebook Full Screenshot Keys

B. How to take a PARTIAL Screenshot on a Chromebook

Press the Control key + the Shift key + the Shift Window Key. It looks like this…

Chromebook Partial Screenshot keys

III. How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac

A. How to take a FULL Screenshot on a Mac

Instructions from Apple: “Press Shift key + Command key + 3 key. Find the screenshot on your desktop.”

Mac Full Screenshot – from WikiHow

B. How to take a PARTIAL Screenshot on a Mac

Instructions from Apple: “Press Shift key + Command key + 4 key. Drag to select the area of the screen to capture. To move the entire selection, press and hold Space bar while dragging. After you release your mouse or trackpad button, find the screenshot on your desktop.”

Mac Partial Screenshot

There are obviously other ways to take screenshots on your computer, but these are the ones I use because they seem to be the easiest. If you have one you recommend, let me know in the comments below.


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