How to Use the Hidden Screenshot Tool in Chrome

There are plenty of ways to take a screenshot on your Google Chrome browser. You can use conventional screenshot tools such as Snipping Tool, a third-party utility such as ShareX, or a Chrome extension.
However, unlike its Chromium siblings, such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome doesn’t feature a built-in screen capture tool. Or does it?
Chrome has a hidden screen capture tool that lets you capture full pages or custom regions. However, you need to use a set of keyboard combos to access the tool. Here we show you how.

How to Use the Hidden Screenshot Tool in Chrome

This hidden screenshot tool is part of Chrome DevTools. In addition, you’ll be using the Command Menu (Run>) to search and access the screenshot utility. Here’s how to do it.
  1. Launch the Chrome browser.
  2. Next, press Ctrl + Shift + I for Windows or Command + Shift + I on Mac to open Developer tools.
  3. Next, press Ctrl + Shift + P (Windows) or Command + Shift + P (Mac) to open Run Command. Alternatively, click the three-dots menu in the top corner (developer tools) and select Run command.
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  4. Type Screenshot to view all the screenshot options available.
    chrome developer tools run command
  5. Click on Capture full size screenshot if you want to capture the full web page.
  6. Enter a name and click Save to save the screenshot.
To capture a specific region:
  1. capture area screenshot chrome developer toolsSelect the Capture area screenshot option in the Run command.
  2. Drag and select the area to capture.
  3. Enter a name for the screenshot and click Save.
  4. If you only need to capture the screen, click on Capture screenshot. Type a name and save the file.

Screenshot Custom Size Full Page on Chrome

If you need to screenshot a full page with a custom size, you can use the Device Toolbar and the screenshot tool. It lets you view the web page in your preferred custom dimensions to determine responsiveness on different display sizes and resolutions.
Here’s how to use the Device toolbar and the screenshot tool to capture a custom size full page screenshot on Chrome.
  1. In Google Chrome, press Ctrl + Shift + I or Command + Shift + I to open Developer Tools.
  2. Next, press Ctrl + Shift + M or Command + Shift + M on Mac to open the Device Toolbar.
    device dimensions chrome developer tools
  3. Click the Dimensions drop-down in the top left corner and select a device. Alternatively, type in the device resolution in the given field.
  4. Next, press Ctrl + Shift + P to launch the Run Command.
    capture area screenshot chrome developer tools
  5. Type screenshot and then click on Capture Full size screenshot.
  6. Enter a name for the file and click Save.

Capture Full Screenshot Without Third-Party Tools on Chrome

This hidden tool may appear a little cumbersome compared to third-party screenshot tools and extensions. However, it is developed to give developers a built-in solution to capture screenshots without relying on a third-party utility.

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