Screenshots are a great way to present context to what you are talking about. Moreover, it can also act as proof of your online activity. However, a slight problem is that the in-built system controls to capture a screenshot only captures what is visible on your screen. As you scroll down, you have to take multiple screenshots. In order to prevent this hassle, we want to show you how to take full-page screenshots on Google Chrome.
In this article, we have three methods to take full-size screenshots on Google Chrome on your Windows and Mac devices. While Google Chrome has an inbuilt feature to take screenshots, however, it does not automatically scroll down to take a full-size screenshot on Google Chrome. Therefore, we need to resort to a few other methods and workarounds.
Let us begin with the easiest way – to save the webpage as a PDF on Google Chrome.
Note: We earlier published an article to take full-page screenshots on Android and iPhone. You can take a look at that if you are interested to do the same on mobile devices.
1. Save Webpage as PDF on Google Chrome
Well, you might argue that it does not take a screenshot. We agree it doesn’t. However, the purpose of a screenshot is to essentially record the details of what is being shown to you on your screen. Hence, saving a webpage as a PDF on Chrome does the exact same thing. Although, the default format will be as a PDF and not as any image format.
Step 1: Open your preferred web page on Chrome and click on the three dots icon in the top right corner.
Step 2: Click on Print.
Step 3: Click on the destination and select ‘Save as PDF’.
Step 4: Scroll down to click on More Settings. Adjust the scale so that the text does not look incomplete. Further, you can also check the box for background graphics to make sure that all of the elements are present in your PDF.
Step 5: Lastly, click on Print. The PDF of the webpage will be saved on your PC or Mac.
Next, let us take a look at how you can use the developer tools on your Google Chrome to take full-page screenshots.
2. Use Chrome’s Developer Tools
This is the best way to capture a whole page as a screenshot without an extension on Google Chrome. This might look intimidating as you begin with, but trust us – using the developer tools menu is quite an easy way to capture full-page screenshots on Google Chrome. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Open the web page you want to screenshot on Chrome and click on the three dots icon in the top right corner.
Step 2: Click on More Tools > Developer Tools.
Step 3: Click on the three dots icon on the developer tools menu toolbar and select Run command.
Step 4: Type Screenshot next to Run > to find the command.
Step 5: Click on ‘Capture Full-Size Screenshot’.
There you go – a full-size screenshot will now be captured and saved on your system. Google Chrome is filled with hidden tricks like these. You can look at our article about Google Chrome Flags which explores similar features.
Shortcut to Capture Full-Size Screenshot using Developer Tools
Step 1: Open the web page you want to screenshot on Chrome and press:
- On Mac: Cmd + Opt + I
- On Windows: Ctrl + Shift + I
Step 2: Now, press:
- On Mac: Cmd + Shift + P
- On Windows: Ctrl + Shift + P
This will show Chrome’s Developer menu.
Step 3: Type screenshot after Run >.
Step 4: Click on ‘Capture Full-Size Screenshot’.
That’s it! But if for whatever reason this feature does not work on your version of Google Chrome, we have an alternative for you.
You can consider using a third-party extension to take full-page screenshots on Google Chrome. Here’s how to do it.
3. Use a Third-Party Chrome Extension
GoFullPage is an extension that lets you capture screenshots of full-page on Google Chrome with a single click. It has great overall reviews as well and is a feature extension on the Google Chrome web store. Here’s how to install and use the extension.
Step 1: Visit the extension page on the Google Chrome Webstore.
Step 2: Click on Add to Chrome > Add Extension.
Step 3: Now, open the Extensions menu and click on GoFullPage when you are ready to take a screenshot of a webpage.
Step 4: This captures the full-page screenshot on Google Chrome and you can download it as a PDF or as an image.
There you go, that is everything you need to know on how to capture full-page screenshots on Google Chrome. However, if you have any further questions you can take a look at the FAQ section below.
FAQs on Full Page Screenshots in Chrome
No. Google Chrome does not have a built-in option to capture full-page screenshots. However, you can use the Developer tools to capture the entire web page without extensions.
The full-page screenshots captured by the developer options on Google Chrome are stored in the PNG format by default.
Capture the Whole Page in One Go
We hope this article helped you take screenshots like a pro on Google Chrome. However, we wish Google Chrome expanded the built-in option to take screenshots and add features to capture full-page screenshots as well!
Last updated on 01 May, 2023
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