How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot
Often, the most convenient way to remember something or store information is to take a screenshot. But rather than taking several screenshots at a time, it’s much easier to take a scrolling screenshot.
Some devices have this feature built-in, others don’t. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use workaround solutions to create a scrolling screenshot regardless of what device you’re using.
In this article, we’ll go into all the details about taking a scrolling capture, and answer some of the most common questions about the subject.
How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot
When you have a new phone or tablet on your hands, figuring out how to take a screenshot can be a bit confusing. Manufacturers don’t use universal commands for screenshots.
Computers have the “Prt Sc” (print screen) function, but that doesn’t cover the option for scrolling capture. Here are the solutions to taking scrolling screenshots depending on the device or software you’re using.
How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Mac
Mac users can take a screenshot by hitting the Shift + Command + 5 on the keyboard. From the pop-up panel, they can select the portion of the screen they want to capture.
However, you can’t use this option for a scrolling screenshot. What you will need is the third-party app Capto, which is a screen recorder and editor for Mac. Here’s what you do next:
- Open the website you want to snap and then launch Capto.
- On the Capto bar, select the Capto icon from your Mac’s menu bar.
- Click on “Snap active browser URL.”
This action will result in a full-page screenshot. And the image will automatically be saved to your Mac’s Library.
How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on iPhone
If you’re an iPhone user, scrolling screenshots are not something your device has built-in. One of the options you have is to record your screen while scrolling. But that will result in a video file, not an image, and that might not be what you’re looking for.
You’re still able to create long page screenshots, but only if you use the Safari browser on your iPhone, and if you’re using iOS 13. So, if you want to screenshot a full-page website on your iPhone, here’s what you need to do:
- Launch Safari and open the webpage you want to screenshot.
- Take a screenshot (Volume up + side button for Face ID iPhones and Home button + power button for Touch ID iPhones.)
- Then tap on the preview that appears for a few seconds.
Now, tap on the “Full Page” tab at the top of the screen.
- Next, tap on the “Done” and store it on your device.
How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Windows
The Print Screen feature is incredibly useful for Windows users. Until you need to scroll and snap a webpage. The only workaround solution is to use an app like ShareX. This is a free file sharing, screen capture, and overall productivity tool. Here’s how you use it to take scrolling screenshots:
- Download and run the ShareX exe file.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to the setup wizard and when done, click “Finish.”
- Open the webpage you want in the background.
- Launch ShareX and select “Capture” from the left-side pane.
- Another menu will open. From there, select the “Scrolling capture…” option.
- Then click on the “Capture area” followed by “Select window or control to scroll.”
- Click on “Start scrolling capture” and scroll to the end of the webpage. Then, an output window will appear, and you can choose to upload or save the capture.
In ShareX, you will be able to see the path where your scrolling webpage screenshot was saved.
How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Android
Android devices are one of few that have the scrolling screenshot feature built-in. At least most of them do.
Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola, and others allow their users to take screenshots of long conversations, social media posts, and webpages very efficiently. We’ll show you what this process looks like on Samsung and Huawei phones as an example.
- Open a webpage, app, or text message you want to screenshot.
- Press the “volume down” and “Power” buttons at the same time.
- A pop-up panel will appear at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap on the “Scroll Capture” option.
- Continue tapping until you’ve captured the full content.
Samsung devices will automatically add this long screenshot to your “Screenshots” folder.
- Find the screen you want to capture.
- Press the “Power” button and “Volume down” at the same time.
- In a moment, an animation will appear, telling you that you’ve successfully grabbed the image. You’ll also see the “Scrollshot” feature.
- Tap on “Scrollshot,” and your phone will automatically start scrolling down. Tap anywhere on the screen when you want it to end.
When done, Huawei will display the screenshot, and you can choose to edit it right away or leave it as it is.
How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Chromebook
Chromebook uses Chrome OS, which doesn’t have a built-in scrolling screenshot feature. But it does have the next best thing hidden in the Developer Tools. You can create a PNG file of the full webpage screenshot by following these steps:
- Open the webpage you want to screenshot and Enter “CNTL + Shift + I,” which will open Developer Tools.
- Now, enter the shortcut “CTRL + Shift + P,” which will open a search menu. Enter the “screen.”
- Click on the option for a full-sized screenshot picture.
- After a few seconds, a PNG image will be saved in your Downloads folder.
The problem is that PNG images can’t be zoomed-in with Chromebook OS, and it’s difficult to read anything. However, you can transfer it to Google Drive, where you will be able to zoom and scroll.
How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Chrome
If your browser of choice is Chrome, then a scrolling screenshot might not come so easy. The most straightforward way to solve this is to use an extension such as GoFullPage. It’s completely free, as well as ad-free, and it even has shortcuts you can use.
Another option is to look for the Developer Tools feature and avoid extensions altogether. Here’s how that works:
- Open the web page you want to capture and click on three vertical dots in the browser’s right upper corner.
- Then, follow this path, “More Tools>Developer Tools.”
- Click on the three dots again and then select “Run command.”
- In the command line, enter “Screenshot” followed by “Capture full-size screenshot.”
- The PNG image is typically saved automatically. But if it’s not, you’ll be prompted to name the file and save it manually.
How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot with Snagit
If you’re determined to use a full-featured screenshot program, Snagit is one of the best. But how does it work with scrolling screenshots? Provided you have Snagit already installed on your computer, here’s how it goes:
- Set your browser to the page you want to screenshot and launch Snagit.
- From the Snagit menu, select the “All-in-One” option and click on the “Capture” button.
- Start moving the crosshairs over the screen.
- You will notice yellow arrows at the corners. They indicate that Snagit can screen grab the area in those directions. Click on the arrow of your choice to determine the direction.
- Snagit will capture everything and save the image automatically.
If you have further questions about how to take a scrolling screenshot, perhaps the answers below will provide more clarification.
How Do I Take a Screenshot of a Long Page?
The answer depends on which device you’re using. Android users have the most options there because they can capture long pages on browsers and apps.
iPhone users have this option only if they use Safari. Windows, Mac, and Chromebook users will need a third-party app to screenshot a long page.
Does iOS Support Scrolling Screenshot Without an App?
The only built-in feature is available in the Safari browser. Another option is to take a screen recording, but that doesn’t generate an image file.
Does Android Support Scrolling Screenshots Without an App?
Yes, it does. At least most newer Android phones such as Samsung, LG, Huawei, and others have a built-in scrolling screenshot feature. But you can also use third-party apps.
Capturing Every Scrolling Detail
Screenshots are a part of our daily lives in so many ways. How often do you see someone posting a screenshot of a funny tweet instead of attaching a link? It’s often much easier that way.
But scrolling screenshots are important when you don’t want to miss a single detail of a post or essential information. They give you the option to create a single file instead of several. Hopefully, we’ve provided the solutions for scrolling screenshots regardless of which device you’re using.
How often do you need to take scrolling screenshots? Let us know in the comments section below.