Welcome to a guide on how to capture screenshots in Google Chrome. So are you visiting a website and need to screenshot the information? Doing testing on a website and perhaps need to feedback on an error? Well, there are actually quite a few ways to capture screenshots in Chrome and let us walk through them in this guide. Read on to find out!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
| Method 1
| Method 2
| Method 3
| Method 4
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OPERATING SYSTEM SCREENSHOT
All right, let us now move into the first method of capturing screenshots – Without having to install anything. Yep, screenshot functions are baked into operating systems nowadays and we can pretty much use it to capture anything on the system (not just in Chrome).
ON WINDOWS COMPUTERS
- Open Google Chrome and navigate to your required website as usual.
- Press the
- Start > Open the Paint app… Or any of your preferred image applications.
CTRL-Vto paste the screenshot into Paint.
- Finally, just save the screenshot in Paint. File > Save.
ON MAC COMPUTERS
SHIFT-COMMAND-3 to take a screenshot, it will be saved to the desktop. If you have Mojave (10.14) or later, pressing
SHIFT-COMMAND-5 will bring up the screen capture controls – You can even record (a video of) the screen with it if you want.
ON ANDROID DEVICES
Simply press the
VOLUME DOWN and
POWER buttons together for a few seconds. The screenshot will be automatically saved. The actual location of the file may differ for various manufacturers… But the gallery app is your best friend in finding all the pictures.
ON IOS DEVICES
VOLUME UP buttons together and quickly release both buttons.
Next, this one is kind of a “hidden feature” in Chrome – We take a screenshot using the developer’s console… It makes you look cool as well.
- First, navigate to your required webpage as usual.
- Press the
F12key to bring up the developer’s console.
- Then press
COMMAND-SHIFT-Pon a Mac).
- Type in
- Select capture area or full-size screenshot – Whichever that you need.
That’s it. The screenshot will be created as a “file download” and saved to your specified download folder.
If the above methods are too much for you, then consider installing a Chrome extension instead. For you guys who have not heard of it, extensions are just “plugins” that will add more features to the browser. They are not “hacks” but officially supported – All recommended extensions here are from the official Chrome Web Store, run by Google themselves.
There are literally a ton of screenshot extensions for Chrome. I will just filter out a few of the popular ones here to save you some time.
1) Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder
Nimbus is one of the most downloaded screenshot extensions – It can capture the entire screen, a part of it, record videos, add annotations, and you can even record from a microphone to create your own video tutorials… Easy to see why this is so popular.
2) Take Webpage Screenshots Entirely – FireShot
This is another one of the popular extensions – Pretty much allows you to take screenshots, add your own annotations, and even directly email to someone.
3) Awesome Screenshot: Screen Video Recorder
Yet another one of the more popular and downloaded extensions – Take screenshots, videos, add extensions, and even share them on Google Drive.
EXTRA – MANAGING EXTENSIONS
Anytime you want to disable or uninstall extensions – Hit the ⁝ button at the top-right corner > More Tools > Extensions > This page should be very self-explanatory.
PRINT TO PDF
If you do not like any of the above methods and already have Adobe Acrobat (PDF) installed, this method is pretty just printing the entire webpage and saving it to a PDF file. While it may not be an image, but it will retain all the text that you can copy from.
WEBPAGE TO PDF
- If you have not already installed Adobe Acrobat Reader – Download and install it.
- Navigate to your webpage.
- Print the page (shortcut key
- Select “Save as PDF” as the destination.
- Change “more settings” as you like it.
- That’s it – Just hit “save” to create the PDF file.
That’s all for this guide, and here is a small section on some extras and links that may be useful to you.
EXTRA – COPY FROM PROTECTED WEBSITE
If you are trying to copy text from a website with some sort of funky protection that prevents copying – Yes, there are still ways to bypass that protection. No need to do a screenshot and manually type everything out. Check out my other tutorial on how to copy text from right-click disabled webpages.
LINKS & REFERENCES
- How to Take Screenshots in Windows 10 – How-To Geek
- How to take a screenshot on your Mac – Apple Support
- Take a screenshot on your Android device – Google Support
- How to take a screenshot on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch – Apple Support
- How to take full-page screenshots in Chrome without extensions – Hackernoon
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. I hope this has helped you to better understand, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and may the cyber force be with you.