With built-in screen capture utilities, you can take screenshots on both Windows computers and Macs without the need to install a third-party application. These built-in utilities also offer customizable options, so you can take screenshots any way you like.
However, there are several areas where these utilities do not work. One of them is you cannot take full screenshots of web pages in your browser. The tools capture only the part of the screen that is visible and do not allow you to take screenshots of scrolling sites.
Luckily, two popular web browsers – Chrome and Firefox – have both built-in options and third-party extensions that allow you to take full-page screenshots.
Depending on how simple you want the task to be, you can use either browser extensions or the default options. Here we will teach you how to use both.
Take a screenshot of the entire page in Chrome (no extension)
Take a full-page screenshot in Chrome (no extension)
Nobody knows why, but Google has put the ability to take full page screenshots deep into the Chrome browser. If you haven’t checked all the options in your browser, you may have never seen this option in your browser.
But once you’ve found it, taking screenshots in any way is easy.
- Launch the Chrome browser on your computer. Click the three dots in the upper right corner and select “More Tools” and then “Developer Tools”.
- A panel will open and appear at the bottom of the browser. Click the three dots in the upper-right corner of the panel and select the Run Command option. This will allow you to run commands in the browser.
- You can now search and run commands in Chrome. Find a screenshot of the term, and then select the “Take full screenshot” option in the search results.
- It will take a screenshot of the entire page of the current tab and offer to save the file on your computer.
- Run the saved file in a photo viewer and you will find that it includes the entire webpage you were on.
Take a screenshot of the full page in Chrome (with extension)
Take a full-page screenshot in Chrome (with extension)
The above method should work great for taking screenshots, but it’s not ideal if you are taking a lot of screenshots in the browser. Going to the developer panel and running a command for every screenshot just doesn’t make sense.
Luckily, you have an extension for your browser that lets you take full screenshots with the click of a button. The extension sits right on your browser’s menu bar, and clicking on it takes a screenshot of the current window.
- Go to the full screenshot page on the Chrome Extensions site.
- Click the button labeled “Add to Chrome” to add the extension to your browser. Click Add Extension at the prompt that appears on the screen.
- When an extension is added to Chrome, click its icon in the menu bar and it will take a screenshot of the entire current tab.
- You will then be prompted to save the screenshot as PDF or PNG on your computer. Select the option you want.
While the extension should work fine on most websites, some sites may restrict the use of such extensions. In such cases, the extension will not work and you will not be able to take screenshots.
Take a screenshot of the entire page in Firefox (no extension)
Capture a full page screenshot in Firefox (without extension)
Firefox also has a built-in developer menu to take full screenshots without having to install an add-on. Compared to Chrome, this setting is easier to find and use in Firefox.
- Launch Firefox on your computer. Click the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner and select “Web Developer” followed by “Responsive Design Mode”.
- You can adjust the page resolution using the options at the top. Then right-click anywhere on the web page and select the “Take Screenshot” option.
- You can now select an area to take a screenshot, but this is not what you want. The option you want is called “Save Entire Page” and click on it in the upper right corner of the page.
- It will take a screenshot and show you a screenshot. Click the Download button to download it to your computer.
- Firefox will save the screenshot in the browser’s default downloads folder. You can click the download icon in the menu bar to access your screenshots and other downloaded files.
Take a screenshot of the entire page in Firefox (with extension)
Capture a full-page screenshot in Firefox (with extension)
If you don’t mind installing an add-on in your browser, there is an add-on that allows you to take full screenshots in Firefox with the click of a button.
- Go to the Page of the Page Screenshot Add-on in Firefox and click the Add to Firefox button. On the next screen, also click Add.
- Click the add-in icon in the menu bar and select Allow. He will grant him the necessary permissions.
- A screenshot is taken and prompted to save it to your computer.
- If you want to customize the settings, you can do so by going to Menu> Add-ons> Extensions, clicking on the three dots next to the add-on and selecting Settings.
- The options you can change include the format of the screenshot, the delay, and the quality of the screenshot.