Full Page Screenshots in Chrome and Edge Browsers

We offer a handy Chrome extension “Screenshot” to take a screenshot of the visible area of the currently active tab. This is a light-weight browser extension offering a keyboard shortcut command Alt + P to quickly take screenshots on the go. Users can even customize this keyboard command and opt for other keys combinations by following this tutorial.

Our this extension very light-weight and doesn’t ask for any critical permissions like access to browsing activities etc. This means that it can’t track your browsing activities or inject malware on web pages. The only limitation of this extension is that it captures just the visible area of the current tab. If you want to take a screenshot of the entire page, this extension is useless.

You Don’t Need Extensions

Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers like Microsoft Edge already have a built-in feature to capture screenshots of the entire web page, visible area, or selected area. Unfortunately, this feature is hidden inside the browser devtools, and so, you need to launch the devtools every time you want to capture the screenshot of the current tab.

Follow these steps to take full-page screenshots in Chrome, Edge and other Chromium-based browsers:

  • Step 1: Open the devtools by using the keyboard command Command+Option+C (macOS) or Ctrl+Shift+C (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS). There are more ways to open the devtools, check out this article for details.
  • Step 2: Once the devtools is open and active, press the keyboard command Command+Shift+P (macOS) or Ctrl+Shift+P (Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS) to open the devtools Command Menu. Again, there are more ways to open the command menu, check out this article for details.
  • Step 3: Now type “screenshot” in the input box, which would filter out the available commands related to the screenshots. You should find the commands “Capture area screenshot”, “Capture full size screenshot”, “Capture node screenshot” and “Capture screenshot” as shown in the following screenshot. Select the second option “Capture full size screenshot” to save the full page screenshot of the current tab. This would save the screenshot as a PNG file.

fullpage-screenshot chrome devtools

Now, you can save the screenshot to your computer and edit it using your favorite image editing application.

Of course, this method requires extra efforts, but as it comes built-in, you don’t need to install any extension and risk your privacy.

Related: How To Take Screenshots on Chromebook

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Posted by Arpit Gupta

Arpit maintains several browser-based tools including many popular extensions. Follow him on Twitter, or email at editor@browsernative.com.
Article published on August 7, 2020, Last updated on .

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