Google Chrome is apparently getting a new and advanced screenshot tool inspired by Microsoft Edge. If you use Microsoft Edge, you may be familiar with the incredibly useful ‘Web Capture’ tool, which allows you to capture certain parts of the browser and copy or edit the module to the clipboard using Windows Ink.
Chrome for Android also comes with a handy screenshot tool, and Google is now adding similar functionality to Chrome for Windows 11, Windows 10, macOS, and ChromeOS. This may look similar to the Web Capture feature in Edge, but Google’s implementation is significantly better.
Microsoft Edge’s web capture screenshot tool only allows you to use the Windows Inking feature to edit the screenshot. On the other hand, Chrome’s screenshot tool, which is included as part of the Share menu, opens your screenshot in a separate window with various editing options.
As you can see in the screenshot above, Chrome’s screenshot tool lets you change the brush size, brush or pen type, color, add text, and more. It is even possible to crop the screenshots within the browser.
Although Google started testing the screenshot editor last year, the project is far from complete and the company is still working on the screenshot editor.
You can enable the tool from the flags menu, but the edit page crashes immediately when taking a screenshot. Follow these steps to enable the feature:
- Download Chrome Canary or Chromium.
- Go to chrome://flags.
- Enable two flags: “Desktop Screenshots” and “Desktop Screenshots Edit Mode”.
Once you’re done, you can easily take a screenshot by clicking the Share button in the Omnibox. Select the Screenshots button and draw the area of the screen you want to capture and copy it to the clipboard. The screenshot is saved to the clipboard and can be pasted into any app such as MS Paint.
Chrome gets Windows 11’s smooth scroll bars
In addition to a new screenshot tool, Chrome for Windows 11 also gets a good update with support for modern scroll bars.
Microsoft is working with Google to bring Edge-like Fluent scrollbars to Chrome for Windows 11, but we don’t know when the feature will be enabled by default in the browser.