How to enable and use Google Chrome’s built-in screenshot tool

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Taking screenshots on the desktop is pretty simple on Windows and Mac, but if you just want to take a screenshot of your current Chrome tab, why not do it with Chrome? We will show you how it works.

Google has been working on a screenshot tool for Chrome on the desktop for a while. Version 98 made the tool available through a function prompt. It’s still a bit rough around the edges, but it works. We’ll see.

Warning: These features are not available to everyone for a reason. They may not function properly and may negatively affect the performance of your browser. Enable flags at your own risk.

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First, open Chrome browser on your computer, type chrome://flags in the address bar and press Enter.

go to chrome flags page

Search for “screenshot” and enable the flags titled “Desktop Screenshots” and “Desktop Screenshot Edit Mode”.

Find and enable image flags.

After enabling the flags, click the “Relaunch” button at the bottom of the screen to apply the changes.

relaunch chrome

Once the browser has reopened, navigate to the page you want to capture. Click the share icon on the right side of the address bar.

Select “Screenshot” from the pop-up menu.

Select image."

As mentioned, this is still a work in progress. The screen can go dark and you can drag the mouse to select an area for the screenshot, or it will take a screenshot of the entire screen right away.

A pop-up window will appear after the screenshot has been taken. You have the option to tap “Edit” to open the screenshot editor or “Download” the screenshot.

image options

The screenshot is also automatically copied to your clipboard, so you can paste it anywhere you want right away. The screenshot editor has all the basic tools you’d expect, like cropping, drawing, and text.

That’s all about it! This is a nifty little feature to easily take and edit screenshots in Chrome. The editor window is especially nice since you don’t have to drop the screenshot into another app to make changes. Chrome has a lot of little features like this to know about.

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