Taking Screenshots

Screenshots are incredibly useful to help capture a screen event or to help explain something that happened on any computer’s screen. The quote “a picture paints a thousand words” is perfect in this regard.

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More Than One Screen

However, screenshots are just that. A snapshot of what is currently visible on one screen. There are some circumstances where you would like to capture more than just one screen full of information.

For example, a screenshot of an entire web page where the web page is longer than what is being displayed.

Instead of taking one screenshot, scrolling down, taking another screenshot, scrolling down, it would be great if you could screenshot everything in one go.

Snagit Can Help

That’s where Snagit comes in. With Snagit, you can take a screenshot of an entire web page (or anything for that matter that is larger than a single screen in size) in just a couple of clicks. The screenshot can then be saved as a single image or even a pdf document. No multiple images, no stitching together. It just does it. To find out how to install and use Snagit for just this purpose, read on…

Install And Run Snagit

The first step is to download and install the free trial version of Snagit. To do that, click on this affiliate link which will take you to the TechSmith home page (TechSmith are the creators of Snagit).

From the affiliate page, click on the “Products” menu

Techsmith products menu.

And in the drop-down menu that appears, click on the Trial link for Snagit.

Snagit free trial link.

This will take you to the Snagit download page. Click on one of the links to download the software

Windows and Mac download links for Snagit free trial.

and then install it on your computer. Once installed, you can start the free trial version of Snagit which will look something like this.

Snagit window.

Click on the image icon

Snagit window with image icon highlighted.

And the Snagit software will expand to show you more details about taking image screenshots.

Snagit software image tab.

Check Snagit Preferences

Now that Snagit is installed, you want to set it up so that it is ready to take a screenshot of a scrolling window. First, make sure that the “Capture Cursor” toggle is in the off position and the “Time Delay” setting is set to off.

Snagit image tab preferences.

The other setting you will need to check is to make sure that the Snagit software itself is not included in any screenshot. To check this, click on the “File” menu in Snagit’s top menu bar.

Snagit file menu.

In the drop-down menu that appears, click on the line that reads “Capture Preferences…”.

The capture preferences drop down menu option in Snagit.

The Snagit preferences window will open. In this window click on the “Capture” tab.

The capture tab highlighted in the Snagit preferences window.

Make sure that there is a tick in the box next to the line “Hide Snagit when capturing”.

The hide snagit option highlighted in the snagit preferences window.

Click on the “OK” button to save the settings and close the preferences window.

The ok button highlighted in the snagit preferences window.

Set Snagit To Scrolling Window Mode

The final setting that is needed is to put Snagit into scrolling window mode. To do this, click on the down arrow next to the first field in the Image tab.

The region field drop-down arrow highlighted in the snagit image tab.

A drop-down menu will appear. From this menu, click on the line “Scrolling Window”.

The scrolling window drop-down menu item.

The menu will close and “Scrolling Window” will be visible in the first field.

Scrolling window set as the image capture choice in Snagit.

You are now ready to capture screenshots of pages that are bigger than one screen.

Capturing Scrolling Pages

Go to the page (web or document) that you want to capture. In this example, it’s the Green Eye website home page which is longer than one screen in size.

The Green Eye IT home page.

Open Snagit and click on the “Capture” button.

The snagit red capture button.

The Snagit window will disappear, and on the web page, you will now see three buttons. They are the indicators for the scrolling directions (horizontally, vertically or both) that you can choose from for your screenshot.

The snagit scrolling window capture buttons.

In this example, we want to screenshot everything in the vertical direction so click on the downward pointing arrow.

The snagit vertical scrolling capture button highlighted.

Snagit will automatically scroll down the entire web page, capture all the contents as one image and open it in the Snagit editor for you to edit and save.

Complete scrolling web page captured in Snagit.

You now have an image of an entire web page which you can use for whatever purpose you want and it only took a couple of mouse clicks!

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