How to Take Scrolling Screenshots in Windows 10

William Elcock

Screenshots are a useful means of showing an example or demonstrating a process. They are a visual means of simplifying the explanation of technical topics.

Windows 10 Scrolling Screenshots

There are several tools available that allow for the capturing of screenshots and Windows even has its own built-in tool. However, have you ever wanted to capture a screenshot of a window on your computer which required you to scroll?

With many screenshot apps, this would require taking multiple screenshots. There is a better option, however.

Apps to Capture Scrolling Screenshots in Windows 10

Scrolling screenshot apps allow the user to capture and display a large amount of content in one image. Essentially, they scroll through a page while capturing it, stitching everything together into one single image in the end. This helps to avoid taking multiple screenshots manually.

Luckily, there are a few software options available that make capturing scrolling screenshots possible in Windows 10. Let's take a look.

1. PicPick

In addition to scrolling captures, PicPick features a built-in image editor. The image editor offers basic features such as cropping and resizing among many other things, including blurring images and adding text and arrows.

Pic Pick Main Screen 1
Pic Pick Image Editor 1

PicPick also boasts of a pixel ruler which can measure the size of images displayed on your screen. This is especially useful for graphic designers who may need this information from various images.

Also included in PicPick are an on-screen magnifier, crosshairs for pinpointing relative pixel positions, a color picker, a protractor and a virtual whiteboard that allows the user to draw directly over active windows.

2. Snagit

Snagit's interface is simpler and more focused than PicPick's. It gets right into taking the screenshot. It also has a built-in image editor with functionalities similar to that of PicPick.

Snagit Main
Snagit Screen Recording

In addition to capturing screenshots, Snagit can also record screen activity. Snagit's feature set makes it a valuable tool for creating tutorials.

Capture Scrolling Screenshots on Browsers

In many cases, users will need to take screenshots of a website. For this purpose, it might be useful to have an add-on that takes screenshots directly from the browser.

Firefox: Page Screenshot

Firefox Page Screenshot Options 2

In the case of Firefox, Page Screenshot is worth a shot. It allows for the adjustment of the screenshot quality, the delay between multiple screenshots, and the image output format.

Firefox Page Screenshot Download Image 1

Once you take a screenshot, it's immediately made available for download.

Chrome: Full Page Screen Capture

Google Chrome's Full Page Screen Capture add-on will offer you scrolling screenshot capabilities. It's simple and effective at capturing images. After activating the add-on, users will have options to:

  1. Download the image
  2. View the 'raw' version
  3. Delete the image.
Full Page Screen Capture Puppies 1

A history of screenshots taken is also kept. This allows you to easily keep track of your screenshots.

Chrome Full Page Screen Capture History 2

Final Thoughts

The ability to take scrolling screenshots is useful for people who create instructional content. Scrolling screenshots can make illustrating an idea much easier than usual.

This type of screenshots could also be used to report issues with software as the user can point out an issue more clearly.

It should be noted, however, that scrolling screenshot software are not 100% perfect. One of the main issues is the inability to properly handle web pages with static elements or fast-moving animations.

Multiple screenshots will have to be manually captured in such cases since the software will not be able to successfully scroll automatically.

That aside, if you regularly need to take screenshots, chances are that the software described here will benefit you even if you don't use it for every image you capture.

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William Elcock

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William Elcock

William has been helping friends troubleshoot tech problems for several years and thus made the natural progression into tech blogging. In addition to consumer electronics William also has a vested interest in various renewable energy topics.