How to Turn On the in-built screenshot tool in Google Chrome?

Anyone who has ever taken a screenshot with Google Chrome knows that a browser extension must be installed. Therefore, a browser extension is an extension in Google Chrome that can add new features.

However, it is not necessary to install an extension. Google Chrome itself contains a tool to take screenshots through the Chrome browser. You can activate this tool through the hidden settings in Google Chrome.

In addition to taking a screenshot through Google Chrome, it is also possible to edit the screenshot directly in the browser. Here’s how it works.

How to Turn On the in-built screenshot tool in Google Chrome?

Open the Google Chrome browser. In the address bar type:


You will now see the experimental features in Google Chrome. These are features that developers can test before possibly adding them to the official versions of Google chrome.

In the search bar type:


Then change “Desktop screenshots” and “Desktop screenshots edit mode” to “Enabled”. After that, click the “Relaunch” button to restart Google Chrome.

Enable built-in screenshot tool in Google Chrome experimental features

Next, click on the share icon in the address bar to take a screenshot. Then, in the menu, click “Screenshot”.

Take a screenshot using google chrome screenshot tool

Then you can select the area you want to take a screenshot of.

Select area to take a screenshot in Google Chrome

After that, you have two options. You can edit the screenshot or download it directly to your computer.

Edit or download screenshot using Google chrome

Unfortunately, editing does not work for me. This might be solved in future versions. That might be because it is still an experimental feature.

Google Chrome image editor

I hope this has informed you. Thanks for reading!

Also, read 9 lesser-known features in Google Chrome you must know!

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