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Take Your Screenshots to the Next Level: A Guide to Scrolling Screenshots in Windows

Windows has come a long way when it comes to screenshots. We’re way past the days when you had to press the PrtScr key, paste the copied screenshot in MS Paint and then save it. There is a snipping tool even as well as multiple keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots on Windows 11. The snipping tool, however, is pretty basic. If you want to take scrolling screenshot in Windows, it’s not of much use.

Because there is no snipping tool scrolling screenshot feature. If you want to take full page screenshots on the web, for example, you would have to take multiple screenshots after scrolling to different portions of the page. Fortunately, browsers today have built-in tools to help you take scrolling screenshots in Windows, macOS, or Linux. To take scrolling screenshots in other apps, you will need third party apps.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on the Web

Microsoft Edge, the default browser on Windows 10 and 11, has a few additional features compared to Chrome. And while some of them are not very helpful, the built-in screenshot tool can come in handy. Another browser with a built-in screenshot tool is Firefox, which is also the only mainstream browser today not based on Chromium. If you use Google Chrome, you will need to install an extension.

Take Full Page Screenshots in Edge

You can take full page screenshots in Edge using the Web capture tool.

  1. Open Edge.
  2. Visit the web page that you want to use full page screen capture on.
  3. Right-click on the page.
  4. Select Web capture from the context menu.
  5. Alternatively, you can press Ctrl + Shift + S to open the screenshot tool.
  6. Click on Capture full page.
  7. Edge will then screenshot the whole page and once that’s done, you can annotate the screenshot if you want.
  8. When you’re done, click on the Save icon.

You can also click on the Copy icon next to the save icon to copy the screenshot to the clipboard instead.

Full Page Screen Capture on Firefox

Firefox also has a built-in tool to take screenshots, and it is labelled exactly that on the context menu, Take screenshot.

  1. Open Firefox and visit the web page you want to take full page screenshot of.
  2. Right-click on the web page and select Take screenshot.
  3. Click on Save full page in the top-right corner.
  4. You can preview the screenshot once Firefox captures it.
  5. Click on the download icon to save the screenshot to your PC or Copy to copy it to your clipboard.

Firefox does not offer options to annotate or edit the captured screenshot in any way. So you will have to rely on other apps for that.

Screenshot Whole Page on Chrome

On Chrome, the screenshot feature is still experimental and as such hidden by default. You can enable the flag manually. However, even that is a very basic screenshot tool, only letting you capture a rectangular area visible on the screen. So, you will have to rely on third-party extensions that have the ability to take scrolling screenshots. You can take scrolling screenshots in Chrome on Android, though.

Some popular Chrome extensions for taking full page screenshots are Fireshot, Nimbus, Scrnli, and Webpage Screenshot. For the sake of this demo, we will use Nimbus because, well, I like its icon more, and it has pretty much all the features one would want.

  1. Install Nimbus from the Chrome web store.
  2. Open the webpage you want to capture in Chrome.
  3. Click on the Nimbus icon in the toolbar or the Extensions list.
  4. Select Entire page.
  5. Once Nimbus is done capturing, it will open the screenshot in a new tab.
  6. Use the editing features if you want and click DONE.
  7. Then you can click Save screenshot to save the image or select any of the other options such as print, save as PDF, upload to Google Drive, etc.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Windows

Typically, you would be fine just using the built-in screenshot features on Windows. The Snipping tool does a decent job and has a decent number of options people commonly want in a screenshot utility. There are some third-party screenshot tools available for Windows, though with plenty more features.

Not many of them let you take scrolling screenshots in Windows, however. ShareX is one of the best screenshot tools and does have the ability to tale long screenshot in Windows. This works in desktop apps such as Word, Excel, etc. as well as web browsers. You can install the app for free from the Microsoft Store by searching for it or using the link below.

Download: ShareX

  1. Install ShareX from the Microsoft Store.
  2. Open ShareX.
  3. Select Capture > Scrolling capture…
  4. You can also do this by right-clicking the ShareX icon in the system tray.
  5. Select the window area which you want to scroll capture.
  6. After this, you will be presented with some Before capture and After capture preferences. You can leave them default and click on the Start scrolling capture button.
  7. ShareX will them autoscroll and capture the screenshot, then present you with a preview window.
  8. Here, you can change the image counter and other settings, remove items and trim the edges, etc.

When you’re ready, click on the Upload/Save depending on after-capture settings button. The screenshot will be saved in /ShareX/Screenshots inside your Documents folder. If you haven’t changed it, this is found at the following location.

C:\Users\username\Documents\ShareX\Screenshots

You can also find the screenshot in the ShareX app window. The app can seem a little complicated and remind you of the era when desktop apps had tiny menus and were full of options. But it is actually easy to use. And that’s all the different ways you can take scrolling screenshots in Windows.

Taking scrolling screenshots in Windows can be incredibly useful for capturing full web pages, documents, and other content that may not fit on a single screen. With the right tools and techniques, you can quickly and easily capture these larger images and save them for later use.

So why wait? Start taking scrolling screenshots in Windows today and take your productivity to the next level. With this powerful tool at your disposal, you’ll be able to capture and save full web pages and documents with ease, streamlining your workflow and improving your overall productivity.

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