Capturing a long web page or a document is a challenge. A screenshot will take a snapshot of your display’s viewing area only. That’s why the scrolling screenshots step in to save time and effort. Of course, even I don’t enjoy taking multiple shots of the screen to stitch them together. The outcome is seldom pretty.
Apple’s macOS now comes with built-in functionality to capture scrolling screenshots quickly. Typically, you need to press a combination of keys and then proceed to capture a screenshot. It does make me envious of Windows 10 users who just have to hit a dedicated Print Screen button to take a screenshot.
To make that task easier, we have shortlisted 5 best ways to capture scrolling screenshots for all macOS users. Before we get to them, here is something you need to know about the new screenshot tool that made a debut with macOS Mojave.
Built-In Screenshot Tool of macOS Mojave
The best place to start would be using the built-in screenshot tool that made a debut with the macOS 10.14 Mojave rollout. To initiate a scrolling screenshot, you need to hit the Shift + Command + 5 keyboard shortcut to launch the onscreen capture controls.
You can hover the mouse pointer over each option to know what it is. However, I feel that using this tool to capture the entire screen is tedious. The keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + 3 also takes a snapshot of the entire screen. That made me wonder why did Apple include an additional option in the onscreen capture controls.
That led me to the quest of discovering four ways to click scrolling screenshots on my MacBook Air. Without further ado, let’s start.
Snagit is a popular choice for Windows users as well since the app has been around for nearly 30 years. It’s my go-to choice as well. Mostly because I’ve used it a lot on Windows platform before moving to macOS. From recording videos of screen activities to capturing screenshots The Grab tool lets you to click a scrolling screenshot with a simple keystroke.
Apart from that, Snagit allows you to highlight or visually annotate a few parts of the screenshots. The smart window detection will let you crop out the unwanted window borders, especially the ones that reveal some information.
My only gripe is that Snagit makes me use its editor to finalize the image. But it makes up for that by letting me drag and drop those screenshots in messenger apps, emails, and other apps.
The only thing that may be painful to swallow is the hefty $49.95 price tag. The 15-day trial is an excellent way to take it for a spin.
Like many other tools, BrowseShot has one marquee feature. It lets you capture scrolling screenshots in PNG format. That’s quite useful for anyone seeking to store a lot fine details without compromising on the quality and doesn’t mind heftier file size.
Once you click a snapshot of a webpage, you can check the final details with the magnification options as well. Also quite helpful if you wish to print the full pages without disrupting the formatting.
The reason it is on this list because if offers a unique feature. It provides you an option to reset the cookies and cached data. So you don’t have to store those files on your computer. That’s smart.
Gyazo is a cross-platform tool for taking full-scale screenshots by pressing the defined hotkeys. Unfortunately, the macOS users will have to install the Gyazo Chrome/Firefox extension to assign shortcuts quick captures.
That’s a small inconvenience to capture scrolling screenshots. You can have the Gyazo app running on the dock to swoop into action quickly. The only part I find annoying is that it opens up another tab to display the captured image with a temporary link and an editor.
Well, it does act as an option to scroll and check if you have captured everything perfectly. So you win some, you lose some with that.
4. Firefox Screenshot
Yes, Firefox has the feature baked in the browser. When you click on the three-dot buttons next to the address bar, the context menu shows you the Take a Screenshot option at the bottom.
The Firefox Screenshot is the most convenient option on this list, doesn’t cost anything and lets you take a screenshot of a page. After that, you get an option to copy the screenshot to another app, or you can download it. Imagine clicking a screenshots while running Firefox with dark mode extensions.
That option is quite easy to understand and smooth to use. Since it is a browser-based tool, you will have to open an offline document using Firefox. That’s the only cumbersome part. Other than that, it has no editing or annotation features.
Take Full Page Screenshots
Getting the details of a full webpage in a single screenshot can be quite beneficial. Also, most tools eliminate the need of scrolling through the entire page just to capture all information.
I often use a few of the scrolling screenshot tools mentioned above for saving long reads and lengthy documents. It helps me save time and reduces my dependency on specific apps to open them.
So which one of the apps mentioned above are you going to try out first? Do you want to share your favorite tool with us? Mention it in the comments section below.
Next up: Wondering how to take full page screenshots on Google Chrome and iOS? We have you covered with that in the next post
Last updated on 03 February, 2022
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