Taking a screenshot is an extremely simple process which should be familiar to the majority of computer users. Any caveats make what was originally a simple process substantially more complex. One in particular can stump users – taking a picture of a full web page. It’s a surprisingly useful trick to know in order to show things to friends and colleagues or report a bug with loading a website. Most web browsers support it, only they don’t do a particularly clear job of it.
There are quite a few extensions available for taking screenshots; some exist for multiple browsers, and others are exclusive to one browser in particular. In this article, we’ll be looking at Nimbus Screenshot. Nimbus is a relatively new extension though has proven to be very user-friendly.
Begin by installing the correct version of the extension for your browser. Firefox and Chrome are both supported, meaning browsers relying on the same base should also be compatible. These include such examples as Opera and various Firefox builds, such as those we’ve covered. Note that when installed, Nimbus will also provide a link to use another service from the same company. This can be skipped, and you may wish to do so.
Upon installation, a new button for Nimbus will appear in the browser toolbar.
Clicking the Nimbus button will provide a choice of different options. “Entire Page” is the one that relates to this article. After clicking it, your browser may automatically scroll to the end of the page.
About a second after the browser has finished scrolling to the bottom of the page, another tab will open containing the picture and some editing tools.
Should you wish to skip the editor, you can change this in the settings.
Regardless of how you reach this point, the end result remains the same – a full-size image of the webpage.
Firefox Command Line
This particular method, as the heading indicates, is exclusive to Firefox at present. It is possible that similar functionality will be brought to Chromium browsers in the future, in which case this will also prove relevant for them. The major benefit of the command line method is that it does not require an extension and instead functions by default.
Open the web page you’d like to screenshot.
Press “Shift + F2” at the same time.
When the text box at the bottom of the window opens, simply type the following:
screenshot image.png –fullscreen
“Image” can be replaced with a specific file name should you so desire it, though the image will be in the .png format whether you specify .jpg or not. If you do write an image name and end it with “.jpg,” the end result will be an image called “imagename.jpg.png,” with .png being the actual file format.
The end result will then be found in the “Downloads” folder and can be moved to a more suitable location as desired.
Extensions and command line entries both have their utility, though it is worth noting that not all user accounts and not all networks may allow extensions to be added to browsers. Nimbus Screenshot and similar extensions generally will include a fuller feature set than the command line, but if they cannot be accessed, then these assets are rendered void.
The command line in Firefox may at first appear a superior option, though it is worth noting that it does not allow for editing while Awesome Screenshot does. Therefore, you will need software such as Paint or Paint.NET in order to edit the picture.
It takes a little more time, but editing is entirely possible using software like this. Both methods work, and the level of control you may have over the computer – or the browsers available – will likely determine which method you choose to use.