Windows 11 offers screenshot functionality similar to older versions of Windows. You can easily capture the screen by pressing the Print Screen button on your keyboard. The captured screenshot is then copied to the clipboard, and you can paste and save it using applications like Paint or Photoshop. Additionally, Windows 11 provides shortcuts like Win + PrintScreen and Alt + PrintScreen to automatically save screenshots to the Pictures folder and capture active windows.
However, the built-in screenshot functionality in Windows 11 is limited to capturing full screens, specific areas, or active windows. If you want to capture a web page or content that extends beyond the screen viewport with scrollbars, you'll need to use third-party software. In this guide, we will explore three easy ways to take a scrolling screenshot in Windows 11.
Method 1: Using the GoFullPage Extension in Google Chrome
If you're using the Google Chrome browser, you can use a free extension called GoFullPage to capture scrolling screenshots. This extension offers various options to capture different types of screenshots, edit them, and even share them with online services and popular websites. Here's how to use the GoFullPage extension:
- Open the Google Chrome web browser and go to the GoFullPage extension page on the Chrome Web Store.
- Click on the "Add to Chrome" button and then click "Add extension" in the prompt to install the extension.
- By default, Chrome hides new extensions in the overflow menu. To make it easily accessible, click on the "Extensions" icon and then click on the "Pin" icon next to the GoFullPage extension.
- Go to the web page you want to capture and click on the GoFullPage extension icon.
- The extension will start capturing the scrolling screenshot. The webpage will automatically scroll itself during the process.
- After capturing the screenshot, it will open in a new tab where you can edit it if needed.
- To save the screenshot, click on the "Download" icon on the top bar.
- If it's your first time using the extension, you may need to grant additional permissions for it to save the screenshot on your computer.
- Once you give the necessary permissions, the extension will save the captured scrolling screenshot in the Downloads folder.
Method 2: Using the Awesome Screenshot Add-on in Microsoft Edge
For Microsoft Edge users, the Awesome Screenshot add-on is a popular choice for capturing scrolling screenshots. This feature-rich add-on allows you to take different types of screenshots, edit them with annotation tools, and save files locally or upload them to cloud services. Here's how to use the Awesome Screenshot add-on in Microsoft Edge:
- Open the Microsoft Edge browser and go to the Awesome Screenshot page on the official Edge Add-ons website.
- Click on the "Get" button and then press "Add extension" in the confirmation prompt to install the add-on.
- After installing, click the Awesome Screenshot add-on icon and go to the "Capture" tab.
- Select "Local" from the "Save image to" dropdown menu to save the screenshot locally on your disk.
- Choose the "Full page" option to capture a scrolling screenshot.
- The add-on will automatically capture the scrolling screenshot while the webpage scrolls itself.
- After capturing the screenshot, it will open in the Awesome Screenshot Edit window where you can make edits using the available annotation tools.
- Once you're done editing, click the "Download" icon to save the screenshot to your chosen location.
- If it's your first time saving a file with the Awesome Screenshot add-on, you may need to grant permission for it to continue.
- In the Save As window, select a location to save the captured scrolling screenshot, and click "Save."
Method 3: Using ShareX for Scrolling Screenshots
If you prefer using a native Windows application, ShareX is a powerful open-source screenshot and screen recorder application that offers extensive options and robust annotation tools. Here's how you can use ShareX to capture scrolling screenshots in Windows 11:
- Download and install ShareX from the official website or Microsoft Store.
- Open the ShareX application and make sure the application or web page you want to capture is open.
- Right-click on the ShareX icon on the taskbar and select "Capture > Scrolling capture."
- ShareX will prompt you to choose a window to capture the screenshot. Click on the desired window.
- In the capture options window, configure the settings as needed. The default options are generally suitable for capturing scrolling screenshots.
- Click the "Start capture" button to initiate the screenshot process.
- ShareX will automatically scroll the webpage and capture the scrolling screenshot.
- After capturing the screenshot, ShareX will open the Output window where you can trim the edges if necessary.
- Click the "Upload/save depending on the after-capture settings" button to save the screenshot to the default Screenshots folder.
- If desired, you can open the screenshot from the main ShareX window to annotate it further.
Taking scrolling screenshots in Windows 11 is possible with the help of these third-party tools. Whether you choose the GoFullPage extension in Google Chrome, the Awesome Screenshot add-on in Microsoft Edge, or ShareX as a native Windows application, you can easily capture web pages or content that extends beyond the screen viewport with scrollbars. Remember to follow the instructions provided by each tool and enjoy capturing comprehensive screenshots in Windows 11.
Note: It's important to ensure that the web page or application window you're trying to capture doesn't load additional content as it scrolls down. Some web pages may use scripts or permissions to block scrolling screenshots. Additionally, avoid pressing any keys or clicking the mouse during the screenshot process to prevent interruptions.