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Partial Screenshot mode from Google's Pixel C headed to phones (sort of)

Grabbing a screenshot and cropping it is no big deal, but how cool would it be to just screenshot what you needed on your phone and not bother with the editing? A little-known feature on Google's Pixel C does exactly that, but you can only access it with the keyboard attached. Pressing Control+Search+Shift+S on the keyboard makes the screen go dark, and when you drag your finger across part of the screen you see it light up and then go away when you lift your finger. That captures a partial screenshot, which is pretty handy on a screen that size.

For some reason, Google decided phones didn't need that feature and the commit was never made an official part of Nougat on phones. Do you think that stopped people from enabling the feature in custom ROMs though? Of course not.

What you see there is a manual edit that enabled this feature on a phone, and it works almost exactly the same as it does on the Pixel C. There's no keyboard attached, of course, but you get the idea. This may have been something Google decided wasn't quite polished enough to make its way to Nougat without a clear way to activate it, but you can expect some version of it to be all over the ROM world for the foreseeable future.

What about you? Do you want this feature on your phone?

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

  • Do this all the time with my Note 4 stylus and Smart Select ;) I'm ready for a new phone soon but I'm really up in the air as to whether or not I could live with out the features unique to the Galaxy Note.
    Note 4 still works great.
  • You could activate it by pressing the power and volume up keys together. Then use pinch to get the right size frame you're cropping. Then a single tap on the of the screen takes the shot. Just an idea.
  • Nice! Thanks for the tip. I just tried it on my Nexus 9 with the folio keyboard and it worked! (Stock, not rooted)
  • Easily done on most non nexus phones
  • It's very cool to grab just what I need. Note series has been doing this for years. Posted via the Android Central App using my Note 5
  • I've been doing this on my note 3 and 5 for a while now. Nothing new for note users
  • The s7 edge already have this feature, is pretty useful