Have you ever come across a situation wherein you wanted to take screenshots of Web pages in Chrome for sharing them with your friends? If yes, then I am sure that you must have faced problems in doing so, as you had to open an external program such as SnagIT or Captivate for taking the screenshot.
However, now, you no longer have to face any problem, as Chrome offers a simple and fast built-in extension for taking screenshots of Web pages.
This extension is known as Webpage Screenshot via which you can take screenshots of Web pages, print them, and share them with anybody right in the browser. There are actually many reasons as to why taking screenshots of Web pages in Google Chrome becomes desirable for saving time and efforts.
For example, some of them could be teaching someone online, creating a course, sharing with your friend about a new app, or preparing a sample document for the client.
In these scenarios, it is essential to take screenshots of the required Web pages right in Chrome for saving time and avoiding any kind of confusion that might arise by using an external tool. Although there are several ways of taking picture-perfect screenshots, we shall look at the quickest way of taking screenshots of Web pages in Chrome, which is via the Webpage Screenshot extension.
Obtaining The Webpage Screenshot Extension
As usual, the very first step is to visit the Chrome Web Store and search for the extension. Alternatively, you can directly access it at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ckibcdccnfeookdmbahgiakhnjcddpki. Now, you need to click the Add to Chrome as well as Install buttons.
Once the extension is installed successfully, a camera icon gets added near the Location bar and a new tab opens with the URL, http://www.webpagescreenshot.info/ where you can go through the features of this extension. That’s it! You have already added this extension to Chrome.
Using The Webpage Screenshot Extension
Before you actually start taking the screenshots in Chrome, you need to set options of this extension. To do so, you need to right-click the camera icon and select Options to open the page of Options.
On this page, you can specify the file format for saving the screenshots along with the header and footer text, which can be either %U for URL or %D for date.
Finally, click the Done button. And yes, just see down where the options of tweeting and facebooking are present so that even others know about this wonderful extension. However, you can do so only after using the extension. So, let us now use it.
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First, click the camera icon and you will see three options in the drop-down menu: Visible screenshot, Full page screenshot, and Beta: Edit content. The first option means taking the screenshot of the visible portion of the page, while the second option means taking the screenshot of the entire Web page.
Further, the third option is for those who want to edit the page before taking its screenshot. So, let us take the full page screenshot by selecting the tab containing the Web page and clicking the second option. Doing so will make the extension scroll through the entire Web page, take the complete screenshot, and display it in a new tab.
In the new tab, you will see that the screenshot with the scroll bar appears with the specified header and footer text, drawing tools, and some more options such as Save, Share, and Print.
Before saving, sharing, or printing, you can highlight the different areas using the color and drawing options or can even crop the screenshot.
Finally, you can save it on your machine, share it with your friends, and print it directly without saving. While saving, you might be asked to download some themes. Do not worry; just say yes to it! When you share the screenshot, the extension uploads it to its fixed URL that you can share with others. This is useful when you want to share a Web page with some highlighted portions or changed text.
Do you some other extension for taking screenshots? Well, do share with us in comments.