Windows offers many ways to capture a screenshot. To take a screenshot, all you need to do is press WIN + PRTSC or Fn + PRTSC, and you instantly have a screenshot. There is even a built-in tool called Snip & Sketch that allows you to capture a section of a window as well as pop-up menus.
But all those methods only allow you to capture content that is within the dimensions of the browser’s viewing area. What if you want to capture a screenshot of a scrolling window of a webpage, document, or any other content that’s beyond the viewable area? In such cases your only option would be to use a third-party application.
In this post you’ll learn the best tools to capture a scrolling screenshot in Windows.
1. Capture Scrolling Screenshot in Edge
Windows’ native browser, Microsoft Edge, has a lot of good stuff going for it, including an integrated feature that lets you capture a whole web page, which sometimes means it has to be a scrolling screenshot.
To do this, click the three-dot menu icon at the top right corner of Edge, then click “Web Capture” followed by “Capture full page”.
From, you can draw on and edit the image, save it, or copy or instantly share it if you click the three dots at the top right.
2. Capture Scrolling Screenshot in Firefox
Ever since Firefox Quantum came out, there’s been an integrated method of capturing a scrolling screenshot in the browser – making it the only browser to have this feature without requiring extensions. Go, Firefox!
To do this, click the three-lined menu icon at the top right, then “More tools -> Customize Toolbar. “
Next, search the icons listed for the “Screenshot” icon and drag it to your Firefox toolbar.
Next, navigate to the page you want to capture, click the new screenshot icon in your toolbar, then “Save full page.”
The full page will pop up, which you can then save to your PC.
3. GoFullPage (Chrome & Microsoft Edge)
If you’re looking to capture scrolling screenshots on Chrome or Edge (which lets you install the same Chromium extensions as Chrome), you can get an extension that will do the job for you. It’s a great way to quickly capture an entire webpage in a single scrolling screenshot.
Once you’ve installed the extension, simply click the GoFullPage icon at the top-right corner of your browser. (If it’s not there right away, click the puzzle piece icon, then GoFullPage from the extensions list. Click the Pin icon next to it to get it to appear permanently in your browser bar.)
Once you’ve clicked GoFullPage, it will scan the entire web page you’re on. As you can see in the screenshot at the start of this entry, that’s pretty long in Make Tech Easier’s case. From here you can edit, annotate, and download the screenshot, either as a PDF or PNG file.
Available to buy on its own website and the Steam gaming platform (where it has “Overwhelmingly Positive” reviews), as well as having its own well-populated Discord channel, the free screen capture app ShareX is validated by its broad popularity in the discerning game-streaming community.
The open-source app is widely used by gamers for its robust screen-capture options. Among those features – which include video capture, GIFs, region-select, and workflows, as well as a huge number of filters and effects to add to your captures – is the “scrolling screenshot” option you’re looking for here.
Just open ShareX, click Capture, then “Scrolling capture.” Once you select your region, you can specify which window you want to scroll, whether you want there to be a delay before the screen-capture starts, and how many scrolls you want to capture.
It’s nice and easy to use, and unlike other options on this list, it’s free without caveats, and maintained as is by a diligent community of open-source developers. Beyond just scrolling, it also functions as an all-in-one screen capture suite, which is pretty impressive given its small file size.
PicPick is a robust screen-capture and image-editing software developed and owned by NGWIN. It’s my personal favorite screen capture tool, and I use it all the time. The best thing about PicPick is that it’s free for personal use and packs some cool features you won’t find even in the paid programs.
As far as screen capture is concerned, PicPick offers seven screen capture modes: Full screen, Active Window, Window Control, Scrolling Window, Region, Fixed Region, and FreeHand. Each of these modes suits different scenarios and can help you customize your screenshots to your liking. For example, the Region mode can help you to isolate and capture a dialogue box without background noise.
Fixed Region mode allows you to set your desired screenshot length and width in terms of pixel count, which helps to ensure all your screenshots are uniform. It also has a Scrolling Window mode that lets you capture a scrolling screenshot of a webpage or a document in just a few clicks.
To capture a scrolling window, follow the steps below:
1. Press and hold Ctrl + Alt together, then press PRTSC. A rectangular box highlighted in red will appear.
2. Press and hold the left mouse button, then drag the mouse on the scrolling window to select the area.
3. Release the mouse click and an auto-scroll will happen slowly. After that, your entire window will be captured in just a few seconds.
PicPick also comes with a pixel ruler which can be used to measure the size of images that are displayed on your screen, a virtual whiteboard that allows users to draw on the screen, and crosshairs for pinpointing the positions of relative pixels.
6. Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro
Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro is an innovative and highly-customizable screenshot-capture and image-editing tool. The program leaves no stone unturned when it comes to screenshot capturing, thanks to its ten screenshot modes, which includes Scrolling screenshots, Menu, and Freehand, just to mention a few.
The scrolling Window capture mode allows you to capture an entire webpage, document, or browser, including contents hidden from the viewer. It also comes with a “Task Scheduler” that you can also use to take automatic screenshots.
In addition to screenshot capturing, Apowersoft Screen Capture Pro comes with a robust image editor which provides a wealth of options for you to edit your screenshots. What’s more, you can also use this tool to record the screen, upload, and share online. However, the program is quite expensive. A lifetime license goes for $79.95. You can also opt for monthly subscriptions starting from $12.95 per month.
Now that you know how to capture a scrolling sreenshot, you can spruce up your Windows OS by seeing our list of great Windows screensavers. We also have a way for you to access the elusive WindowsApps folder on Windows.
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