Chrome Browser on Desktop to Get a Native Screenshot Tool

Similar to Microsoft Edge’s ‘Web Capture’ tool, Google is making a dedicated screenshot tool for it’s Chrome browser desktop client.

This is currently under development, but users can try downloading the Canary build of Chrome to try it. Once enabled, users can take a screenshot of any part of the browser, and edit it in a separate tab with a bunch of tools. This can even be imported to MS Paint for more customization or shared to other devices or apps from Chrome’s share menu.

A Dedicated Screenshot and Editing Tool

With a bunch of features helping us to have a smooth browsing experience, Google’s Chrome is already winning the desktop browser market. Adding to the top of this is a new feature that may be essential for users who make frequent captures of web pages – a screenshot tool.

Google is working on a dedicated screenshot and editing tool for Chrome on desktop since last year, which we have a glimpse of now. Spotted in the flags section of Chrome’s latest Canary build, this screenshot tool is similar to Microsoft Edge’s ‘Web Capture‘ tool.

While the Web Capture sends the captured picture to Windows Ink for editing, Chrome’s upcoming screenshot tool will send the capture to a separate tab in Chrome, where users can edit it with a bunch of basic tools. These include laying over text, rubbing colors with several types of brushes, pens, and adding colors.

Chrome screenshot tool

Users can also import the capture to MS Paint for deeper editing. So if you’re interested in this, here’s how to try it;

How to Enable Screenshot Tool in Chrome Desktop App?

  1. Download Chrome Canary or Chromium.
  2. Go to chrome://flags.
  3. Enable two flags: “Desktop Screenshots” and “Desktop Screenshots Edit Mode.”
  4. Relaunch the browser.

You can now see the screenshot feature added in the Share menu of Chrome, beside the Omnibox. Google may soon bring this tool to the stable Chrome browser on Windows 11, 10, macOS, and Chrome OS.

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