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.
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
And in the drop-down menu that appears, click on the Trial link for Snagit.
This will take you to the Snagit download page. Click on one of the links to download the software
and then install it on your computer. Once installed, you can start the free trial version of Snagit which will look something like this.
Click on the image icon
And the Snagit software will expand to show you more details about taking image screenshots.
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.
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.
In the drop-down menu that appears, click on the line that reads “Capture Preferences…”.
The Snagit preferences window will open. In this window click on the “Capture” tab.
Make sure that there is a tick in the box next to the line “Hide Snagit when capturing”.
Click on the “OK” button to save the settings and close the 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.
A drop-down menu will appear. From this menu, click on the line “Scrolling Window”.
The menu will close and “Scrolling Window” will be visible in the first field.
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.
Open Snagit and click on the “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.
In this example, we want to screenshot everything in the vertical direction so click on the downward pointing arrow.
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.
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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