Picture this: you want to take a screenshot of an entire webpage, small bits at the bottom and all. Usually, you’re only able to capture what’s within the four corners of your screen, leaving behind elements that you’d have to scroll down for. Don’t give up. It may seem impossible to capture everything in the frame, but we’re about to show you how it very much can be done.
The process may not be as straightforward as you would expect, but follow any of these four methods and I guarantee you will have flawless full-screen captures.
1. Save as PDF
First off, is it a picture you need, or will a PDF do? If a PDF will do, then you can:
- Go File > Print… (if the menu bar is hidden on Windows, press F11, or alternatively, you can right-click on the webpage and select Print…)
- Change the Destination to Save asPDF.
- Click Save to download the webpage.
Note that this method may distort the page formatting in order to fit what you see on the screen onto a PDF page.
But what if you want a JPG or PNG file?
Well, this is where things get more complicated. You have two options: (1) the harder, geekier way or (2) one of my favorite simple-to-use free tools.
2. The geekier way to save a full-page screenshot as a picture
There is a built-in way to take full-screen screenshots in Google Chrome, but you’ll quickly start to find that the struggle is very real.
Step 1: Find Developer Tools
The feature is buried in Google Chrome’s Developer Tools, a settings hub that gives you granular access to most if not all the elements of a webpage. But before you find the feature, you need to find the actual Developer Tools first.
See those three vertical dots that are to the right of the address bar? Click on them, then click on More Tools and then Developer Tools.
Step 2: Don’t panic and Click Run Command
OK, if you’ve never seen what follows, it might look like you’ve stumbled into the Matrix. Don’t panic.
Take a look at the menu bar that’s on the Developer Tools screen. You’ll see a new set of three vertical dots. Click on them and then click on Run Command.
Step 3: Select Capture full size screenshot
Into the Run box that appears, type “screenshot” to bring up a bunch of related options. You’ll want to find the Capture full sizescreenshot result.
Click the Screenshot button and this will take a screenshot of the webpage you are on (it won’t show all the Matrix stuff) and it should save automatically (if it doesn’t, remember to save it if prompted).
Yeah, I told you it was a pain to do, and this isn’t really all that convenient if you plan on taking lots of screenshots. However, it is a good way if you have no tools available and can’t install an extension.
Fortunately, there are some simpler ways.
3. The less geeky way to save a full-page screenshot as a picture
A simpler option is to install a browser extension that allows you to take screenshots.
I recommend taking a look at GoFullPage.
It’s reliable, safe, and free. The downside of this is that it doesn’t give you a whole lot of options of customising the capture or the output, but if you just want to take a few screenshots, this is a good option.
4. Buy a professional tool
If you need to take a lot of screenshots, especially if they are different content types or you have more complex requirements, such as needing to capture the cursor or you want a screenshot captured on a timer, I recommend investing in a professional tool.
My weapon of choice in this battle is, and has been for many years now, TechSmith’s amazing SnagIt.
If you want the best chance of capturing a web page accurately, SnagIt is the tool you need. I’ve worked with all the different methods, and this is by far the best tool for the job because it gives you tons of options and a lot of flexibility with both the capturing process and the output.
I’ve been a SnagIt user now for well over a decade, using it to capture many thousands of screen captures, and it’s never failed me.
I highly recommend this to anyone who needs to take a lot of screenshots.