As a blogger, I do take screenshots several times and day in day out, I do encounter the challenge of taking a screenshot of an entire webpage. If you are just like me, who always wanted to capture the whole web page but could only take screenshot of the visible screen, I will show you how I overcome this issue. Capturing screen on your computer can be useful for educational purposes, confirmation, support, presentations, etc. The most usual practise is to capture the screen above the fold, but today, I will be showing you 3 different simple methods you can use to capture the whole of a website and save it as an image (any format) and PDF.
Below are different ways to capture or take screenshot of entire website with ease:
Method 1: Using Fixefox Addons
Mozillar Firefox is a wonderful web browser which has various addons to increase it functionality. Two of these addons are ScreenGrab and Abduction.
ScreenGrab is a Firefox addon that allows you to take screenshot of an entire webpage. To me, this is the simplest method I use in capturing full website screenshots (well, maybe because I use Firefox). Firstly, you need to install this addon to Firefox. Once installed, you can then begin using it to take full screenshot of any website you want. To do this, go to the website you want to take the screenshot from, right-click with your mouse anywhere on the page, and this is what will show up:
As you can see in the image above, there are different options available to you. You can take screenshot of the complete page, the visible part, a selected area or the whole window. This means if you want to take a full screenshot of a website, just select the ‘Complete Page/Frame’ and it will be saved as an image to your computer. In case you missed the download link, click here to download ScreenGrab.
Another effective addon you can use to grab full screens is ‘Abduction! – Webpage Screenshots Screen Capture’ Addon. Just like ScreenGrab, you can also capture an entire webpage or just a selected portion. To use this addon, right click on any web page, frame or iframe, click “Save Page As Image…” and then resize the selection around the piece you want to save. That is all. Click here to download Abduction Addon.
Method 2: Using Google Chrome Extensions
Google Chrome is also a wonderful web browser, just like Firefox. Although I hardly use Chrome (I’m addicted to Firefox anyways), there are various Chrome Extensions that served different functions. Among these extensions is Screen Capture by Google. With Screen Capture extension, you can take the whole entire screenshot of a particular website.
So to get this extension, just go to the Chrome Web Store and search for ‘screen capture’ using the search box provided. Then select the ‘Screen Capture (by Google)’ extension and install it.
After installation, the extension will be placed on the Chrome Toolbar where it will be easy to access whenever you want capture a full webpage.
To capture a full webpage with Screen Capture by Google extension, go to any website, click on the Screen Capture button on the Toolbar and select Capture Whole Page. You can also use the keyboard shortcut, Ctrl + Alt + H.
Method 3: Using Desktop Application
Unfortunately, not everyone is using either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. If you are among these group of people and you still want to grab a full screenshot of a webpage, there are couple of desktop programs that offer this function. I will be discussing 2 of such application here and they are WebShot and Paparazzi.
WebShot, a desktop application for Windows users, allows you to take screenshots of web pages and save them as full sized images or thumbnails. Screenshots images can be output in the JPG, GIF, PNG, or BMP formats. Click here to download WebShot application from www.websitesscreenshots.com, it is just 1.1MB in size. After downloading, double-click on it to install. To use WebShot, open it by double-clicking on it, enter the URL of the website you want to take its screenshot, and the software will take it for you.
Paparazzi is another desktop application that can help you take full screenshots of webpages but this is for Mac users. This software can save the screenshot of an entire webpage in different file formats, including PDF. If you are using Mac, click here to download Paparazzi.
Using Paparazzi is also simple. After installation, launch the software, enter your URL, set the size and click Capture. And that is all. You can then have the entire webpage of that URL as an image or PDF.
Although, there are several other methods you can use to capture full screenshot of webpages, I have listed above the methods that I have tried myself and they were good and effective. I hope with the above methods, you can now take an entire screenshot of a webpage with ease.
Do you use any other methods apart from the ones listed above? Pls let us know them. If you don’t, which of the above methods do you prefer to use? Feel free to use the comment box below to share your valuable opinion and don’t forget to say a little ‘Thank You John‘ by sharing this post with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and others.