There are several types of screenshots that you can take on your devices such as computers smartphones tablets, etc. One of them is a scrolling screenshot.
Almost everyone knows how to take normal screenshots on different devices. Whether it’s an Android, iOS, macOS, or Windows 11/10 device, you probably already know how to take a screenshot in them.
But not many people know how to capture a scrolling screenshot on these devices. And even if you do, you’re probably using third-party apps to do that, which is quite a tedious process.
In this article, we will show you how to take scrolling screenshots on devices with different OS without using any third-party tool. So, let’s get right into it.
What is a scrolling screenshot?
A scrolling screenshot is simply a screenshot that you take by scrolling down the screen, which is not fitting in the default viewable area. In other words, if you want to take a screenshot of a webpage that has a lot of content that overflows the viewable screen, you might want to go for a scrolling screenshot. Instead of separating them into different screenshots that split the web page into several parts, a scrolling screenshot can be used to get a single image of the entire page.
How to take scrolling screenshots on Android
Any mobile device that is running on Android version 12 or later versions has the scrolling screenshot function enabled by default. Whenever you take a screenshot on your Android phone, you will see a “Capture More” button alongside the “Share” and “Edit” options in the screenshot preview toolbar.
Here are a few steps that you need to follow to use the “Capture More” button and take a scrolling screenshot:
- First, press the “Power” and “Volume Down” buttons on your Android device at the same time to capture a screenshot.
- Once the screenshot’s preview shows up, you will see the “Capture More” button near the screenshot’s thumbnail. You need to tap this button.
- Next, a cropping tool will show up that would allow you to capture more content on the page that you are currently viewing.
- Use the cropping tool to select the content that you want to include in the screenshot and tap on the “Save” button on top of your mobile’s screen.
- Finally, your scrolling screenshot will be saved in the “Gallery” from where you can access the file any time you want.
You can find out more about the process in our article on Android screenshots.
Steps to take scrolling screenshots on iOS (iPhone or iPad)
If your device is running on iOS 14 or later versions, you can take a scrolling screenshot without using any third-party tool. Apple now offers a built-in scrolling screen capture feature right out of the box. So you no longer have to go around, scratching your head just to take an extended screenshot.
Just follow these steps to take a scrolling screenshot on an iOS device:
- First, open the page you want to take a screenshot of. Next, press the “Power” and “Volume Up” buttons at the same time to capture a screenshot.
- After that, tap on the floating thumbnail of the screenshot and then switch to the “Full Page” view to take a scrolling screenshot.
- Now, view and scroll the page inside the screenshot. You can crop it to add as much content as you want from the page. It will be a part of the screenshot once you save it.
- Finally, tap on the “Done” option located at the top-right corner of the screen and then tap on the “Save PDF to Files” option.
The scrolling screenshot will be stored in your iOS device’s “Files” app.
How to capture scrolling screenshots on Mac
On Mac, we usually use the “Command + P” key combination to print something. However, if you use these keys in a clever way, you can easily capture a scrolling screenshot on your Mac without relying on third-party tools.
The only downside is that you have to save the screenshot in PDF file format instead of regular JPEG or PNG file formats. But compared to the benefits you get, it’s not that big of a deal, isn’t it?
So, follow these steps to capture a scrolling screenshot on Mac:
- First, launch your browser and open the web page that you want to take a screenshot of.
- Next, press the “Command” and “P” keys together.
- After that, when your Mac asks you to print the page, go to the drop-down of the “Destination List” and click on the “Save as PDF” option.
- Finally, click on the “Save” option to save the scrolling screenshot as a PDF file.
Capturing scrolling screenshots on Windows 11/10
Do you want to take scrolling screenshots of pages in the web browsers on a Windows device? Let’s see how to do that.
Taking scrolling screenshots on Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is the native browser of any Windows 11/10 device. It’s packed with a lot of incredible features designed to make your browsing experience effortless. And fortunately, taking a scrolling screenshot is one of them.
Here’s how you can take scrolling screenshots on the Microsoft Edge browser:
- First, open the web page you want to take a scrolling screenshot of in the Microsoft Edge browser, and click on the “three horizontal dots” located at the top-right corner of the browser.
- Next, click on the “Web Capture” option. You can also use the Ctrl + Shift + S shortcut.
- After that, click on the “Capture full page” option.
- A new scrolling window will show up that will let you preview the scrolling screen capture. To capture the screenshot, click on the “Save” icon.
- The scrolling screenshot will be saved in your “Download” folder in JPEG format.
Capture a Scrolling Screenshot on Mozilla Firefox
Just like Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox also has tools to take scrolling screenshots. However, it’s not enabled by default, so you have to bring it to your “Customize tools” location to take screenshots with ease.
Enabling screen capture in Mozilla Firefox
To enable the screenshot option shortcut in your Mozilla Firefox browser, follow these steps:
- First, click on the “Three-lined Menu” located at the top-right corner and navigate to More tools → Customize toolbar.
- In the new tab, drag the “Screenshot” icon to the “Overflow Menu.”
- Finally, click on the “Done” option to exit the customization window.
With this, the screenshot should be added to the “Toolbar” which you can use at any moment.
Capturing scrolling screenshot
To capture a scrolling screenshot of a web page, follow these instructions:
- Go to the web page that you want to capture a scrolling screenshot of.
- Now, click on the “>>” icon on the top-right corner of the browser and click on the “Screenshot” option.
- Next, click on the “Save full page” option.
- Check the preview of the screen capture and then click on the “Download” option.
The scrolling screenshot of the web page will be saved in your computer’s “Downloads” folder.
Take a scrolling screenshot on Google Chrome
Even though Google Chrome is one of the most widely used and popular web browsers, it doesn’t offer a direct scrolling screenshot option. Instead, the users need to go through the “Developer tools” to capture the direct screenshot.
Here’s how you can do it:
- First, open the web page that you want to take a screenshot of and then click on the “three vertical dots” icon on the Chrome browser.
- Now, navigate to More tools → Developers tools.
- Once a console with codes shows up, click on the “three vertical dots” icon that is located near the “Gear” menu.
- Next, click on the “Run command” option.
- After that, type “Screenshot” next to the “Run” text. A few options for screenshots will show up.
- To get a scrolling screenshot of the web page, click on the “Capture full-size screenshot” option.
The scrolling screenshot of the web page will be saved in “JPEG” format in your computer’s “Downloads” folder.
Alternatively, you can also use one of the Chrome screenshot extensions that support scrolling screenshots. This will allow you to avoid the above process and make it much easier.
Technically, you can. If you have enough resources (CPU and Memory) to perform the action, you can take screenshots of even very long pages. But if the page is too long, you will be better off just saving it as HTML or other formats such as PDF. This will help you re-use that file much easier than a plain image.
Obviously, you cannot capture dynamic elements in a screenshot. The same applies to a scrolling screenshot as well. Even though you can record it as a GIF or video, combing the scrolling feature with it will be difficult, especially if multiple parts of the web page contain animation. In that case, you might have to depend on editing software to join multiple screen recordings.
You can take screenshots that are larger than your computer or device screen using the scrolling screenshot feature. That is what this article is all about. No matter how big your screen is, the native or third-party tools will help you capture the entire screen in the form of a screenshot.
Yes. Several tools support horizontal scrolling screenshots as well. You should look for the feature before purchasing or downloading third-party software. Or, there is an easier way. You can simply capture multiple screenshots and combine them using an image editing program.
Zoom out the screen using the “Ctrl + –” keys. This will make the elements on the web page or application (if the app supports the zoom-out feature). You can then capture the screen easily. Check out our article on “how to zoom in or zoom out on PC” to know the steps.