Programs and ways to take screenshots of entire websites with Chrome and Firefox, save images and backgrounds online and edit them
In this guide we can find all the best tools and extensions for capture, save and edit screenshots taken directly from web pages, so that we can use them in our articles, on our blogs or to share a part of the page on social networks (in particular if we manage pages and groups).
In the first part we will show you how to use the tool integrated in Mozilla Firefox, while in the second part of the guide we will show you the extensions to add to Google Chrome or Firefox itself to get full screenshot management tools.
Capture, save and edit screenshots from websites
Below we have collected all the methods we can use to take screenshots from websites; we choose the one that best suits our needs, so we can perform this operation in a simple and almost automatic way.
Tool screenshot of Mozilla Firefox
In order to quickly take screenshots on Mozilla Firefox, all we have to do is visit the web page of our interest, then right click with the mouse anywhere on the page, so that we can view the item Take screenshot.
Alternatively we can use the action menu, located at the top of the address bar (the button with the three dots horizontally).
In both cases the page will darken and the items of the foreground capture tool will appear.
In order to save a part of the page, just move the mouse cursor over it and click, so you can see the save buttons: Copy (to save it on the clipboard) e Download (to download it to the PC).
Alternatively we can save the whole window or even the full screen using the buttons at the top right as soon as the tool starts (Save the whole screen or Save the visible area).
To cancel the capture of the screenshot, simply press the ESC key on the keyboard or click on the X key as soon as you select the area to be captured.
Tool screenshot of Microsoft Edge
The browser integrated in Windows 10 also offers a simple and fast tool for capturing Web pages. In order to use it, we start the browser, visit the page we intend to capture, then click on the pencil-shaped button at the top right (Add notes). A new purple bar will open, on which the button is available Crop.
Once the whole page is pressed, it will darken and we will be able to start acquiring only the part of it that we want to capture; at the end of the selection, click on the floppy symbol at the top right to be able to save the screenshot just made on OneNote, in the bookmarks or in the reading list.
Extensions to take screenshots of web pages
If we use Google Chrome, or the tool integrated in Mozilla Firefox does not convince us, we can always use one of the free extensions designed to take screenshots.
The best extensions for Google Chrome I’m:
- Full Page Screen Capture: great for capturing the entire page of websites.
- FireShot: excellent complete tool to capture a part or the whole Web page.
- Awesome Screenshot: tool that allows you to both capture screenshots and record short videos on Web pages.
- Nimbus Screenshot: Another useful tool for taking screenshots and recording videos on sites.
instead the best alternative extensions to the tool built into Mozilla Firefox I’m:
- Screenshot: simple tool to save screenshots of portions of websites or of the whole page.
- Lightshot: one of the most complete tools for capturing screenshots of web pages.
- Nimbus Screen Capture: same tool already seen on Chrome, effective for managing every type of screen captured.
- Movavi ScreenShot: another excellent tool to capture a part of the web page or the whole screen in a simple way.
- MyScreenshot.io: with this tool we can save screenshots of websites and share them quickly.
If we are dissatisfied with the screenshot capture tool offered on Microsoft Edge, we can use the following extensions to be able to integrate more effective capture tools:
- Nimbus Screen Capture: same tool already seen on Firefox and Chrome, it allows you to capture and save parts of Web pages or to capture the entire screen.
- OneNote Web Clipper: enhances the tool already present on Edge, allowing you to save screenshots to PDF or to a simple image file.
Manually capture screenshots
If we don’t want to use extensions to make screenshots, we can always rely on the dear button Stamp or PrtSc found at the top of all keyboards for laptops and desktop PCs.
The Stamp key allows you to immediately copy everything we find on the screen into the Windows clipboard.
Once we have copied the entire screen of our computer, we open a program to manage images like Irfanview, on which we can paste the image by going to the menu Edit and used the key Paste.
Always with Irfanview we can select the part of the area that we want to save, always going to the menu Edit and using the voice Crop Selection, so as to cut away everything we don’t want to appear in the final screenshot.
Finally, just save the image with a name (from the menu File -> Save as) to capture the desired portion of the screen.
With the methods described above, we can capture screenshots without necessarily having to install dedicated programs on our computer. If we want to avoid slowing down browsers with new extensions further, we can always use the manual procedure with the STAMP key and the help of a program to manage the images.
Other methods to save portions of the screen as images can be found in the article on how Save image of the desktop or a selected area of the screen.
If instead we want to use specific programs, we refer you to reading our article on how Capturing screenshots and screenshots in Windows: 7 free programs.