Your Chromebook comes equipped with a built-in camera you can use to snap pictures to post to your social media accounts or share with friends and family. Here’s how to take a photo on a Chromebook.
How to Take a Photo
Google recently rolled out Chrome OS 76 stable, which came with a bunch of new features such as Virtual Desks and a redesign of the Camera app. Google moved the position of the shutter button and camera mode, added a landscape mode, and implemented some much-needed improvements to shutter speed.
For this tutorial, we will use the stock Chromebook camera app, though you can use any camera app from the Play Store that you prefer.
First, open the Camera app on your Chromebook. You’ll find it under the launcher menu. Tap the “Search” button on the keyboard and search for “Camera.” Alternatively, click the “All Apps” button and look for the camera icon.
Once the app opens, click the shutter button, located on the right side, to snap a picture.
By default, the photo is taken in landscape orientation. However, if you click “Square” before the shutter button, your photos will be square in shape with equal portrait and landscape dimensions.
As soon as you hit the shutter button, a thumbnail of the most recent picture will appear in the bottom-right corner. You can press the shutter button to capture even more photos.
Three additional icons along the left side of the window give you even further assistance when taking photos on your Chromebook. Click on any of these to do the following:
- Mirror the Photo: Flip the camera’s perspective from left to right.
- Use Gridlines: Add a grid to help you straighten your picture before you snap it.
- Timer: Take photos with a delayed timer.
Note: If you have more than one camera on your Chromebook, or if you plugged in an additional one via USB, you will see a fourth icon to switch between the active cameras.
You can customize the size of your camera grid or timer length by clicking on the gear icon. This will take you to the Settings menu.
Click on either “Grid Type” or “Timer Duration” to change it to your preference. You can choose between 3×3, 4×4, and the Golden Ratio, and 3- or 10-second delays, respectively.
How to Locate Your Photos
After you’ve finished taking images, you’ll need to find the photos on your Chromebook to view, edit, and share them with your friends and family. This can be done directly from the Camera app or from inside the Files app. Here’s how.
Note: Your photos will be automatically saved in the Files app if your Chromebook is running Chrome OS version 69 or above.
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Using the Camera App
As mentioned above, as soon as you take a photo, a thumbnail of the most recent image will appear in the bottom-right corner underneath the shutter icon. Click on the thumbnail to view the photo in the Gallery app.
After the Gallery app opens, you’ll see all of your photos at the bottom of the window. Click on one to display it in the viewing area.
If you no longer want a photo, select it and then click the trash can icon at the top of the window.
Click “Delete” to remove the file.
Using the Files App
First, open the Files app on your Chromebook. You’ll find it in the launcher by tapping the “Search” button on the keyboard and searching for “Files.” Alternatively, click the “All Apps” button and look for the icon.
The default directory for saved photos can be found under My Files > Downloads on the left side of the Files app.
From here, click on a photo and then choose from the top of the window what to do next. Click “Open” to decide what app to open the picture, the Share icon to send it to a friend, or the trash can icon to delete it from your Chromebook.
After you click “Open,” you can also select “Change Default” if you want your images to automatically open in an app other than Gallery.
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