4 Ways to Capture Screenshots in Google Chrome

INTRODUCTION

SCREEN CAPTURE

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!

 

 

 

METHOD 1

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 PRINT SCREEN key.
  • Start > Open the Paint app… Or any of your preferred image applications.
  • Hit CTRL-V to paste the screenshot into Paint.
  • Finally, just save the screenshot in Paint. File > Save.

 

ON MAC COMPUTERS

Simply press 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

Press the SIDE and VOLUME UP buttons together and quickly release both buttons.

 

 

METHOD 2

DEVELOPER’S CONSOLE

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.

 

TOP-SECRET COMMAND

  • First, navigate to your required webpage as usual.
  • Press the F12 key to bring up the developer’s console.
  • Then press CTRL-SHIFT-P (or COMMAND-SHIFT-P on a Mac).
  • Type in screenshot.
  • 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.

 

 

METHOD 3

CHROME EXTENSIONS

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.

 

SCREENSHOT EXTENSIONS

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

Chrome Store: Click Here

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

Chrome Store: Click Here

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

Chrome Store: Click Here

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.

 

METHOD 4

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 CRTL-P or COMMAND-P on Mac).
  • 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.

 

 

EXTRA

USEFUL BITS

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

 

CLOSING

WHAT’S NEXT?

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.

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