Welcome to a quick guide on how to capture screenshots in Google Chrome. So you want to save a screenshot of a certain webpage for use later? Maybe send it to someone else?
Here are the common ways to capture screenshots in Google Chrome:
- Use the operating systems’ screenshot feature.
- In Chrome, press control (command on Mac) + P, then select “Save as PDF” in the destination.
- Use an extension such as Nimbus.
- Press F12 to open the developer’s console, then control (command) + shift + p. Type in “screenshot”.
That covers the basics, but read on if you need more details!
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GOOGLE CHROME SCREENSHOTS
All right, let us now get into the various ways to capture screenshots in Google Chrome.
1) OPERATING SYSTEM SCREENSHOT
This is the easiest way without having to install anything. Yep, screenshot functions are already built into operating systems nowadays and we can pretty much use it to capture anything.
WINDOW + PRINT SCREENkeys.
- The screenshot will be saved into Pictures > Screenshots by default.
SHIFT + COMMAND + 3to take a screenshot, it will be saved to the desktop.
- If you have Mojave (10.14) or later, pressing
SHIFT + COMMAND + 5will bring up the screen capture controls. You can even record a video of the screen with it if you want.
VOLUME DOWN + POWERfor a few seconds.
- The screenshot may be saved to different folders depending on the manufacturer… But the gallery app is the best place to find all of them.
2) PRINT TO PDF FILE
This is the next easiest method, just save the entire page as a PDF file.
- Download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader if you have not done so.
- Navigate to the webpage.
- Print the page (
CRTL + Por
COMMAND + Pon Mac).
- Select “Save as PDF” as the destination.
- That’s it – Just hit “save” to create the PDF file.
3) CHROME EXTENSIONS
For you guys who have not heard of it, extensions are “plugins” that will add features to the browser. They are not “hacks” but officially supported – All recommended screenshot extensions here are from the official Chrome Web Store, run by Google themselves.
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.
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.
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.
4) DEVELOPER’S CONSOLE
Lastly, 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
CTRL + SHIFT + P(or
COMMAND + SHIFT + Pon a Mac).
- Type in
- Select capture area or full-size screenshot – Whichever you need.
That’s it. The screenshot will be created as a “file download” and saved to your specified download folder.
USEFUL BITS & LINKS
That’s all for this guide, and here is a small section on some extras and links that may be useful to you.
EXTRA – COPYING 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 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.