Screenshots are useful in a lot of ways and can be used to quickly share information with others or save something that interests you for later use.
However, when the information displayed on your screen cannot be contained in one, regular screenshot, we’re forced to use the scrolling screenshot method instead.
Not sure how to do that? Worry not, this guide covers everything you need to know about scrolling screenshots in detail.
Without additional delay, let’s dive right into it.
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How To Take A Scrolling Screenshot
There are multiple ways to take a scrolling screenshot in Windows, and the one that’s “best” to use depends on what type of computer activity you’re engaged in at the moment.
That’s why we’ve chosen to divide the techniques into various groups, so jump to the one most suitable for your present requirements, or simply explore all of them to gain the utmost knowledge about scrolling screenshots on Windows.
There are two ways to take a scrolling screenshot in the Chrome browser. Let’s start with the basic one, using Developer Tools.
- Open the Chrome browser on your PC.
- Click on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner, then use your cursor to hover over More tools to expand the menu, and finally, click on Developer tools.
- Once again, click on the three vertical dots next to the cogwheel icon to open the menu, then choose Run command from the list of available options, as shown in the image below.
- Type “screenshot,” then select the second option, which is “Capture full size screenshot,” as shown in the image below.
This will capture all content shown in your browser’s window in one image. You can then click the Chrome downloaded file popup to access it, or find it in your default Chrome download folder spot.
Once you repeat this method a few times, you’ll learn how to do it on the go without needing to view the steps in this guide.
This is a very useful trick to capture scrolling screenshots in Chrome, but if it’s too much effort for you, there’s another, quicker way to do it.
The second method we’re about to show you requires the use of a Chrome extension.
We’ll use GoFullPage as it’s a 5-star rated extension with many positive reviews and a user base reaching far into millions.
So, just open the extension’s dedicated Chrome Web Store section, click Add to Chrome, and confirm the action by clicking Add extension in the prompt window. Once the extension is added to your Chrome browser, follow the steps below to take a scrolling screenshot with it.
- The first thing you should do to make everything much easier, in the long run, is to pin the GoFullPage extension’s icon so it can be accessed with a single click. So, open Chrome, click on the Extensions icon, then find GoFullPage on the list and click the Pin button next to its name.
- Now, you will be able to see the extension’s shortcut, as shown in the image below.
- Finally, to take a scrolling screenshot of any window within your Chrome browser, simply click on the icon and the extension will take care of everything else.
The final steps are editing the image if needed using the extension’s built-in editor, and then downloading it locally so you can share it with others or save it for later.
For more helpful, time-saving tools like this one, take a look at our detailed Chrome extension recommendations guide.
Firefox is another popular browser that also has a built-in scrolling screenshot capture tool available. To use it, all you need to do is configure the shortcut so it’s easily accessible whenever you need it.
Here’s how to capture a scrolling screenshot in Firefox:
- Open the Firefox browser on your PC.
- Click on the three horizontal lines in the top-right corner of the screen, choose More tools, and then click Customize toolbar.
- Click and drag the Screenshot icon from the left side to the Overflow Menu on the right side.
- Confirm the changes by clicking the blue Done button at the bottom.
- Now the screenshot shortcut will be available through the overflow menu. To use the function, open the website you wish to take a scrolling screenshot of. Then, click on the two arrows to open the overflow menu, and choose Screenshot from the list of options.
- Choose Save full page for a scrolling screenshot, or Save visible if you want to capture only what’s shown on your display.
- Finally, click the blue Download button to save the screenshot locally on your computer.
You can use this method to take a scrolling screenshot on Firefox whenever you require it.
There’s also an add-on called FireShot for the Firefox browser that allows you to make scrolling screenshots with the click of a button.
To utilize it, get FireShot from the Firefox add-ons page and integrate it into your browser. Afterward, adhere to the instructions below to generate a scrolling screenshot using it.
- Open Firefox and load up the website you wish to create a scrolling screenshot of.
- Click on the extension icon to open its menu, then chose Capture entire page, as shown in the image below.
- Wait for the progress bar to fill. You can cancel this at any time by clicking the red Stop button.
- Once the screenshot is captured, the extension will automatically redirect you to a page where you can choose how to save the screenshot. You can choose a PDF format or just save it as a regular image.
That’s all there’s to it for creating scrolling screenshots in the Firefox browser.
If you feel like the first method using the built-in Firefox tool is enough, you can use that instead of downloading and installing the FireShot extension.
In Microsoft Edge
The native Windows browser, Microsoft Edge, has a really intuitive built-in tool for capturing scrolling screenshots of webpages you browse.
Here’s how to use it:
- Open Microsoft Edge on your PC.
- Click on the three horizontal dots to open the menu, then choose Web capture from the list.
- The Web Capture’s tool menu will appear with two available options. Choose Capture full page to create a scrolling screenshot.
- Save the image by clicking the disk icon. It will then be available in your default downloads folder that you can access using the Ctrl + J shortcut within Edge.
Now you’ve successfully created and saved a scrolling screenshot within Microsoft Edge. Thanks to the browser’s careful design and attention to detail, you don’t need any third-party extensions to quickly capture content on the go.
Using A Third-Party App
If you wish to take scrolling screenshots on Windows outside of your browser(s), it’s best to use a third-party app with an immaculate rating. We recommend ShareX, a well-known, open-source tool for everything screenshot or screen record-related.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, follow the steps below to create a scrolling screenshot with it:
- Run the ShareX app on your PC.
- In the top-left corner, click Capture, then select Scrolling capture from the list of options.
- The app will now let you select a Window or an area on your screen that you wish to capture. You can open the Steam app, for example, and navigate to the store which has a lot of scrollable content. Then, simply click with your mouse to select.
- Configure the settings before initiating the capture. For example, you can set the maximum scroll count, so if you are on a website that has infinite scroll available, yet you only wish to capture the first few parts, set a limit to avoid an abnormally large screenshot.
- When done customizing, click Start scrolling capture.
ShareX will now create the scrolling capture based on your settings. You can then find all captured material in the screenshots folder.
Feel free to customize settings and try different things with the ShareX app, as it truly has many things you can tweak to achieve the best screen captures.
Why Are Scrolling Screenshots Useful?
Scrolling screenshots are useful when you need to capture a lot of content that’s displayed vertically and cannot be shown all at once on your screen. It’s a much better option compared to creating multiple screenshots that you then need to properly name one by one and save them in the correct order.
Scrolling screenshots are helpful for capturing informative material, studies, a preview of websites that may no longer be available soon, and much more.
That covers all you need to know about taking so-called “long screenshots” on Windows. If you were looking to learn how to take a scrolling screenshot on Windows, you now hopefully know much more on this topic.
Use this knowledge to create the best scrolling screen capture and share the material with anyone who may find it helpful.