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How to take a scrolling screenshot on Macos and iPadOS

A normal screenshot captures only what’s visible on the screen, leaving out the content beyond the viewing area. On the other hand, a “Scrolling Capture” (or Scrolling Screenshot or Full Page Screenshot) captures everything outside of your device’s screen into a single photo.

Instead of taking multiple screenshots of different sections of a long conversation or document, a scrolling screenshot saves you time and storage space. This guide will show you the different ways to make scrolling screenshots on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

How to take long iOS iPhone screenshots

The native screenshot tool on your iPhone or iPad can capture the entire content of a web page, document, or email as a single screenshot. Before trying the screenshot scrolling feature, please take note of the following:

  • You can take full-page screenshots on iPhone – iOS on native apps like Safari, File, iBooks, etc.
  • Taking a scrolling screenshot of a webpage only works on Safari. Third-party browsers such as Chrome and Firefox are not currently supported.
  • Full-page or scrolling screenshots are not saved as images. iOS saves them as PDF files.

With that in mind, follow the steps below to take full-page screenshots on your iPhone or iPad.

  1. Simultaneously press the button increases the volume and the side to make screenshots of an entire page, Web, e-mail, or document. For iPhones with a Home button, press the Side button and the Home button at the same time to take a screenshot.
  2. Click the screenshot thumbnail in the lower-left corner of the screen to open the screenshot editing tool.
  3. Tap the Full Page option to generate a full-page screenshot of the web page or document.
  4. Click Finish to proceed.
  5. Select Save PDF to file.
  6. Select the folder where you want to save the file and tap Save. You can also rename the screenshot by tapping on the automatically generated file name.

View the PDF, open the Files app on your device, and navigate to the location where you saved the file.

Take full page screenshots on macOS and iPadOS

There is a built-in screenshot tool on macOS, but it doesn’t take scrolling screenshots. Interestingly, some apps (mainly web browsers) have this capability. In the next section, we will show you how to perform a full-screen capture on Mac using Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.

Screenshot of an entire web page in Safari

Safari has a built-in screenshot tool that captures and saves an entire web page as an image. The tool is hidden in Safari’s developer menu, so it’s not exactly in plain sight. Follow the steps below to take a scrolling screenshot of a full page in Safari. 

  1. Open the webpage you want to capture, click Safari on the menu bar, and select Preferences.
  2. Go to the Advanced tab, check the box next to the Show Develop menu in the menu bar, and return to the web page.
  3. Select Development on the menu bar and select Show Web Inspector.
  4. Right-click on the first line, starting with HTML (which is the HTML element of the page), and select Take screenshot.
  5. Name your screenshot, choose your preferred storage location/folder and select Save to proceed.
  6. Please navigate to the file path and double-click the screenshot to open it with Preview.

Screenshot of an entire web page in Firefox

Firefox probably has the best long screenshot tool you’ll find on a web browser. It’s super easy to use and doesn’t require changing advanced settings. In fact, you can screenshot a complete webpage in Firefox with two mouse clicks.

  1. Right-click anywhere on the web page you want to screenshot and select Take a screenshot.
  2. Alternatively, click the three-dot icon next to the address bar and select Take a screenshot.
  3. Right-click on the icon Save the entire page in the upper right.
  4. Then, select Download to save the screenshot to your Mac.

Screenshot of an entire web page in Chrome

Chrome comes with a built-in screenshot tool, but, like Safari, it’s also hidden in the Developer section. Here’s how to access and use the long screenshots tool in Chrome.

  1. Click the menu icon and go to More Tools > Developer Tools. You can also launch Chrome’s Developer Tools menu by pressing F12 on your keyboard or using the Command + Shift + I shortcut.
  2. Then click on the device toolbar Toggle icon or press Command + Shift + M.
  3. Click the three-dot menu icon on the left sidebar and select Take Full-Size Screenshot. This will require Chrome to generate an image file of the entire web page.
  4. Choose a folder to save the screenshot, and you click on Save.

Use third-party websites, apps, and extensions

It seems browsers are the best equipped to take scrolling screenshots on Mac. If you need to take a full screenshot of the content within another app, you need to use third-party capture apps like Snagit. Note that some of these apps are not free. Developers often offer a free trial period to new users, but you should pay some money for continued use.

We mentioned earlier that iOS and iPadOS take scrolling screenshots only with Safari and some other iOS apps. Platforms like Web-Capture.net provide an alternative for non-Safari users. Web-Capture is an online screenshot service that allows you to download full-screen images of any website to your device in different formats. 

Enter the URL of the web page, select your preferred format (JPEG, PNG, PDF, TIFF, BMP, SVG), and click Web Page Capture.

You can choose to view the screenshot or download it to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac on the next page.

Finally, in the rare event that your browser’s built-in screenshot tool doesn’t work, you can also use some third-party Chrome and Firefox extensions to get the job done.

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