How to Enable and Use the built-in Screenshot Tool of Google Chrome?

If you use Google Chrome as a primary browser on Windows 11 or 10, there is a piece of good news for you. The Chrome browser now offers a built-in screenshot tool. So, you don’t need to download any extension to use this feature. If, for some reason, you don’t find this option in your Chrome browser, we will guide you on enabling the same.

The screenshot tool appears under the “Share” menu in the address bar. The tool lets you capture a user-defined area of the open website in the current tab.

Chrome’s screenshot tool includes several tools for annotating your screenshots. These are the following:-

  • Arrows
  • Brush
  • Circle
  • Emoji stickers
  • Line
  • Rectangle
  • Text

You can also choose a color for these tools. Apart from that, you can copy your edits into the system clipboard.

How to Enable and Use the built-in Screenshot Tool of Google Chrome?

To turn on and use the built-in screenshot tool of Google Chrome, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, launch the Google Chrome browser on your Windows 11 or 10 machine.

Step 2. Then, copy and paste the following into the address bar and hit Enter key on the keyboard:-

chrome://flags/#sharing-desktop-screenshots

Step 3. Now, use the drop-down menu Desktop Screenshots and Desktop Screenshots Edit Mode and select Enabled option.

Step 4. After that, click the Relaunch button at the bottom to effect the changes.

Step 5. Once you complete the above steps, the built-in screenshot tool will be turned on your Chrome browser.

Step 6. To use this tool, open a webpage that you want to screenshot and click on the Share this page button beside the URL.

Step 7. Select Screenshot in the drop-down menu.

Step 8. Once you click the Screenshot, it will start the area selection tool. Select an area on the page, and it will be instantly copied to the clipboard. A preview of the screenshot will also appear at the top right corner of the Chrome browser.

Step 9. There, you will find the Edit and Download buttons. If you just want to save your screenshot, click on the Download button to keep that as a PNG image. To edit the screenshot further, click the Edit button to access the editor and check its features.

Step 10. After pressing the Edit button, a new tab, “Screen Image Editor,” will open. On the top, you can find several tools for annotating your screenshots. Just use the tools to edit your screenshot.

At the bottom, you’ll find three buttons: Clear Canvas, Copy Image, and Export Image.

  • Clear Canvas: If you make some mistake in editing, use the Clear Canvas button.
  • Copy Image: Using this option, you can copy the screenshot and paste it into other applications, such as Paint, Microsoft Word Document, etc.
  • Export Image: Once editing is done and you want to save it to your computer, use this button to download it on your PC.

That’s it.

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