Scrolling screenshot allows you to capture content that extends the screen. Here is how to take a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11.
As with older versions, Windows 11 too includes screenshot functionality. To take a screenshot, you need to press the Print Screen button on your keyboard. Windows will then immediately capture the screen and copy it to the clipboard. You can then paste and save it using a supported application like Paint, Photoshop, etc. Of course, you can also use a couple of other shortcuts like Win + PrintScreen and Alt + PrintScreen to automatically save screenshots to the Pictures folder and capture active windows.
The built-in screenshot functionality is okay to capture full screen, a specific area, or an active window. However, what if you want to capture a web page or content that extends the screen viewport with scrollbars? In that case, you have to capture a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11. Though that functionality is not built into Windows, it is still easy, thanks to third-party software.
This quick, easy how-to guide will show three easy ways to take a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11. Follow the one you like.
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Take a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11
In Windows 11, there are multiple ways to take a scrolling screenshot. All of them require you to use third-party software. For instance, to capture a web page, you can use an extension. To capture a long screenshot in any application, you can use native Windows software like ShareX.
For this guide, I will show you how to take a scrolling screenshot of web pages and applications using extensions and ShareX. Follow relevant sections depending on your use case.
- In the Google Chrome browser
- In the Microsoft Edge browser
- Use ShareX
- I cannot take a scrolling screenshot
1. Use GoFullPage in Chrome
Chrome users can use a free extension called GoFullPage to take scrolling screenshots in the Chrome browser. What’s more, the extension has a lot of options to capture different types of screenshots, edit them as needed, and even share with online services and popular websites. Let me show you how to use the extension.
1. First, open the Chrome web browser if it is not already opened. Next, go to the GoFullPage extension page on the Chrome web page. Here, click on the “Add to Chrome” button. Click the “Add extension” button in the prompt to install the extension.
2. By default, Chrome hides the new extension in the overflow menu. Since we have to click on the extension to use, it is better to place it on the extensions bar. i.e., next to the address bar. To do that, click on the “Extensions” icon and then click on the “Pin” icon next to the GoFullPage extension.
3. As soon as you do that, the extension is pinned on the extension bar. From here, you can use it like any other extension. Of course, you can follow the same step to pin any extension you want in the Chrome browser.
4. Now, go to the web page you want to capture. Next, click on the GoFullPage extension icon. As soon as you do that, the extension starts to capture the scrolling screenshot. While it is taking the screenshot, the webpage automatically scrolls itself. Don’t click anything or press a key. It might interrupt the scrolling screenshot process. The extension shows a simple Pacman animation to show the screenshot progress.
5. After taking the screenshot, it is opened in a new tab. Here, you can edit the screenshot by clicking on the “Edit” option. You can add shapes, crop the image, add stickers, apply border and padding, etc.
6. To save the screenshot, click on the “Download” icon on the top bar.
7. If this is your first time, the extension asks for permission. Click the “Allow” button in the “Requested for additional permissions” dialog prompt. This will grant necessary permissions to the extension to save the screenshot on your computer.
8. As soon as you give the permission, the extension will save the captured scrolling screenshot. You will find it in the Downloads folder.
9. If you don’t want to click the download button every time, you can change a setting to save the screen capture automatically. To do that, click on the “Settings” icon on the top bar. Alternatively, right-click on the extension icon and select “Options.”
10. Here, scroll down and select the “Auto download files” checkbox. The change is saved automatically. From now, the extension will automatically save the screenshot as soon as it is captured. Remember that you cannot edit the screenshot while the auto-download option is active.
11. By default, the GoFullPage extension saves the captured screenshot in PNG format. If needed, you can change it to the JPG format. To do that, select “JPEG” from the “Image Format” dropdown menu.
That is all. It is that simple to take a scrolling screenshot in the Chrome browser on Windows 11.
2. Use Awesome Screenshot in Edge
Microsoft Edge users can use the hugely popular Awesome Screenshot add-on to take a scrolling screenshot.
If you don’t know, the Awesome Screenshot add-on is pretty feature-rich. It allows you to take several types of screenshots, record videos, edit them right in the browser with powerful annotation tools, upload to cloud services, share with popular websites, and save files locally. The same add-on is available to the Chrome browser. Let me show you how to use the add-on in the Microsoft Edge browser.
1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser if it is not already opened. You can do that from the Start menu or by clicking on the Edge taskbar icon. After opening it, go to the Awesome Screenshot page on the official Edge Add-ons web page. Here, click on the “Get” button. Press the “Add extension” button in the confirmation prompt.
2. After installing, click the Awesome Screenshot add-on icon. As I said earlier, the add-on is capable of taking screenshots and videos. Since we want to take a screenshot, go to the “Capture” tab. Next, select “Local” from the “Save image to” dropdown menu. That way, the screenshot can be saved locally on your disk. To capture a scrolling screenshot, click on the “Full page” option.
3. As soon as you click the option, the add-on will take the screenshot. While it is taking the screenshot, the webpage automatically scrolls itself. Do not click anything or press a key. It might interrupt the scrolling screenshot process. The add-on will display a progress bar to show the screenshot progress.
4. After taking the screenshot, it is automatically opened in the Awesome Screenshot Edit window. Here, you can use the available annotation tools to edit and modify the screenshot. For example, you can add shapes, text, blur sensitive parts, crop, etc. After editing the image, click on the “Done” button.
5. As soon as you click the Done button, you will see a download screen. Here, click the “Download” icon. If needed, you can save it to the cloud or upload it to the Awesome Screenshot web service for quick sharing.
6. If this is your first time saving a file with the Awesome Screenshot add-on, you will see a permission prompt. Click the “Allow” button to continue.
7. In the Save As window, select a location to save the captured scroll screenshot and click the “Save” button.
8. As soon as you do that, the screenshot is saved to the disk. You will find it in the location you chose earlier.
That is all. It is that simple to take a scrolling screenshot in the Microsoft Edge browser in Windows 11.
3. Use ShareX to take a scrolling screenshot
If you want to use a native Windows application, ShareX provides a simple way to take scrolling screenshots. If you don’t know, ShareX is a simple yet powerful open-source screenshot and screen recorder application for Windows. ShareX offers way more options and robust annotation tools than any other extension, add-on, or application. Here is how you can use ShareX to take a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11.
1. First, go to the official website and download ShareX. After downloading, install the software like any other Windows application. i.e., double-click on the installer and follow the installation wizard. You can also download ShareX from Microsoft Store. After installing, open it from the Start menu.
2. Now, make sure the application or web page you want to capture is open and ready.
3. After opening the ShareX application, right-click on the ShareX icon on the taskbar. From the right-click menu, select “Capture > Scrolling capture.” Sometimes, the ShareX icon might be in the taskbar overflow menu. In that case, drag it to the main part of the taskbar. That way, you will have easy access to it.
4. As soon as you select the option, ShareX will ask you to choose a window to capture the screenshot. Mouse over the window and click to choose the window.
5. As soon as you select the window, ShareX will open the capture options window. Generally, all the default options are good enough to capture a scrolling screenshot. However, if you think the page you are trying to capture is extra-long, change the “Maximum scroll count” value to what you feel is appropriate. The default value is “20.” For example, if the web page is too long, I will set the value to 100 to be on the safe side. If you are wondering, this is the value determining how many times ShareX will scroll the page to take a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11. Think of it as manually pressing the down arrow key or scrolling the mouse wheel.
6. After configuring the options, click the “Start capture” button appearing at the bottom of the window.
7. Clicking the button will trigger ShareX to take the screenshot. While it is taking the screenshot, the webpage automatically scrolls itself. Do not click anything or press a key. It might interrupt the scrolling screenshot process.
8. After taking the screenshot, ShareX will automatically open the Output window. Here, you can trim the edges if needed. Once satisfied, click the “Upload/save depending on the after capture settings” button.
9. Doing so will make ShareX save the screenshot to the default Screenshots folder. If you don’t know where the screenshots folder is, right-click on the ShareX icon on the taskbar and select the “Screenshots folder” option. This action will open the ShareX Screenshots folder. You will find all the ShareX captured screenshots in this folder.
10. If needed, you can open the same screenshot from the main ShareX window to annotate it. For example, you can add stickers, arrows, text, shapes, blur sensitive information, crop, watermark, etc.
That is it. It is that simple to take a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11 using the ShareX application.
4. I cannot take scrolling screenshots in Windows 11
If you cannot take a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11, you need to watch for a few things. They are as follows.
1. The web page or application window you are trying to capture should not load as it is scrolling down. For example, some web pages load more content as you get to the end of the page. It is called infinite scrolling. In those kinds of pages and application windows, the scrolling screenshot might not work, or the page won’t be captured as intended.
2. While the extension or application takes the screenshot, make sure not to press any key on your keyboard or click the mouse. Doing so might interfere with the screenshot process.
3. Some web pages use special scripts and permissions to block scrolling screenshots. If that’s the case, you cannot capture a scrolling screenshot as long as they are active.
4. Sometimes, the application or extension you are using might be faulty. Try a new one and see if it works.
5. While using ShareX, if the web page or application window is too long, don’t forget to increase the “Maximum scroll count” value.
Wrapping up how to take a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11
As you can see, though the scrolling screenshot feature is not natively supported in Windows 11, you can use free software, extensions, and add-ons to get the job done. Since most applications and extensions allow you to annotate after taking the screenshot, don’t forget to remove sensitive information. It would be best if you always did this while sharing screenshots with others or publicly.
I hope that helps. It is that simple to capture a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11.
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