Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to Capture and Mark Up Images on a Chromebook

I recently posted some tips for Chromebook basics and referred to a process I have used for annotating on screen captures using the devices. Below you'll find a video tutorial that shows the process.

Note that the first part of the video requires you to capture a part of the screen by pressing the shortcut keys:

ctrl-shift-Show all windows

The Show all windows key is the 6th key from the left in the top row. At least that's where it has been on all the Chromebooks I've used. It looks like this:

The general steps are:

  • Capture an area of the screen with the above method.
  • Copy the capture to the clipboard.
  • Paste it in a Google Drawing.
  • Mark it up using the tools available in Google Drawings.
  • Capture the image again using the above method.
  • Copy it and paste it where needed.

By the way, I know the SnagIt app and extension will allow you to do this. I prefer my method because it gives me more options for how I mark up the image. I love the SnagIt app (which I used to record the video above), but sometimes when I capture images and add arrows it takes too long to show up in my Drive as an image.

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1 comment:

  1. I have been trying to find a way to add text to a screencapture. Thank you for posting this.

    Sadly, when I do this, all it will paste is an empty box with a blue rule.

    Is it because since 2015, Google has done something to not allow what your video shows, or more likely I am doing something wrong.

    I do the Ctrl Shift Screen capture, btw, thanks for that tip, copy to clipboard, open Google Draw, Change background from transparent to white and paste. Just get an empty blue box with sizing handles. I can move it, but nothing appears.