The common method of taking a screenshot covers only whatever is visible on the device’s screen. What if you want to take the screenshot of the full page that has been loaded; you just cannot do it with the in-built screenshot tool of your PC or mobile device. You would require an extra application or extension to be able to take a full-page screenshot. I am quite sure that you are going to learn how to take a full page screenshot after reading this article.
How to Take a Full Page Screenshot on Your PC?
Suppose, you have loaded a web page and you want to take a screenshot of the whole page rather than of only the screen size part. Before today, what you had to do is taking multiple screenshots as you scroll down the web page. This consumes more time than you want to spend; and also you have to manage multiple image files which can be a barrier while sharing these images with others. This is why we need a single-long screenshot of the whole page to avoid such inconveniences.
Taking a full-page screenshot on your PC is not a hard thing to do. You just need an extension to be installed on your browser and then you are good to go. All the popular browsers including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera, etc. support full-page screenshot extensions. Here I will show how you can use an extension to take a full-page screenshot on the Chrome browser of your PC. You can follow similar steps for other browsers too.
Step 1: Go to the homepage of the Chrome browser and click on the three dots that you can see on the top-right corner of the screen (it symbolizes more options). You can follow the figure provided here to pinpoint the location.
Step 2: Scroll down to find out the ‘More tools’ and from where you can see the ‘Extensions’ option; click here.
Step 3: We are now on the browser’s extensions page. Click on the three parallel line icon located at the top-left corner of the screen just beside the word Extensions.
Step 4: At the bottom, you will see the ‘open Chrome Web Store’ option. Click here to open the store.
Step 5: Now, search for ‘screen capture’ on the search bar of the chrome web store. Alternatively, you can search for ‘long screen capture’ so that the required result shows up at the top.
Step 6: We are looking for something called ‘Full Page Screen Capture’ on the web store. When you find it, click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ button with the blue color right beside the extension. You can add other screen capture extensions too. Most of them have the tool to take long screenshots. But I would prefer the mentioned one as it is a dedicated app for only long shots.
Step 7: A pop-up box will ask you to provide permission; click on add extension button when you see it.
Step 8: A camera-like icon will show up on the top bar of your Chrome browser signifying the long shot capturing extension. Go to the web page, document, or maybe YouTube of which you want to take the long screenshot. Always remember to load a full page of your desired website; otherwise, the unloaded portion won’t be taken as the screenshot.
Step 9: Click on the screen capture icon as the figure suggests.
Step 10: An automated generated page opens up asking you to select how you want to save the taken long screenshot. You can save it as a PDF file or you can save it as an image file. Click on the option according to your choice.
Step 11: The extension might demand additional permission. Allow everything it asks for.
Step 12: When the image is saved, you can access it by clicking on the downloaded file or you can directly go to the downloads folder to view it.
How to Take a Full Page Screenshot on Your Phone?
Taking a full-page screenshot on the phone is even a more desired thing because the screen of the phone is comparatively smaller than that of the PC. As a result, you would need to take screenshot after screenshot to cover the entire loaded page. We only require an application to make our work easier. As far as iPhone users are concerned, look for a long screenshot app on Apple Store. I have provided guidelines and pictures here for Android users only.
Step 1: Go to Google Play Store and search for the ‘LongShot for long screenshot’. There are many similar applications; you can choose anyone after looking at the reviews and ratings. Anyway, I found the mentioned app convenient; so, install it on your phone.
Step 2: Open the LongShot app and allow all the permissions it asks for. Next, tap on the ‘Auto scroll’ option. A pop-up message will notify you that you would need to change some settings of your phone to proceed. Hit the ‘OK’ button.
Step 3: You will be directed to the ‘Accessibility’ option under your phone’s settings. Scroll down here to find out LongShot. Click on it. Note: don’t worry about using speed mode; it is for advanced users. Just follow the steps carefully.
Step 4: Turn on the LongShot service and click OK (it is just a caution; nothing else).
Step 5: You will be redirected to the app’s main interface. Now, click on the circular icon with blue color, just beside the capture screenshot text as we want to enable a floating window for LongShot.
Step 6: Turn on the LongShot app. From now on, the app’s interface will be smaller with the floaty in nature like your Messenger.
Step 7: Let’s assume, you want to take a full-page screenshot of your ‘Settings’ page. Open it and click on the ‘Start’ button to capture the full page of the Settings.
Step 8: Tap on the ‘Save’ option after the screenshot was taken.
Step 9: Here is our full image of the Settings page. The resolution is good, isn’t it? You can access it from the gallery or the file manager.
It is really useful to take a full-page screenshot to not wasting time and for keeping it simple. As you have learned, installing an application or extension on your PC and phone can make things easier for you. Sometimes, people complain about the quality of the long captured photo; but you have to realize that the longer the page the lower the quality; it’s natural. However, the mentioned apps can create long screenshots of the standard image quality. You should be happy with it.