Creating screenshots in Chrome: the best three methods

You have three different options for taking screenshots in Chrome. In addition to the conventional procedure via keyboard shortcuts, there are also useful extensions such as Chrome Captures, which offer a few more options. Alternatively, you can save screenshots in Google Chrome via the developer tools.

1. Creating screenshots manually in Chrome

If you want to archive or share the content of a website, you have the option to create Chrome screenshots manually with the following key combination:

  • [Alt]+[Print] for screenshots in Windows 10 and screenshots in Windows 11.
  • [Shift]+[Command]+[3] for screenshots on the Mac.

In this way, you create images of the entire page in Chrome. However, this has the disadvantage that only the part that is also visible at the moment of capture is taken into account. As soon as the content would have to be scrolled, it is not visible on the screenshot.

2. TinySnap: The Screenshot Extension For Google

The TinySnap screenshot extension is a remedy for this problem. It allows you to create screenshots in Chrome in the browser and capture the entire page. The extension is free of charge and is offered by TinySnap. You can find it in the Chrome Webstore and add it directly to your browser with one click.

Screenshot of the visible screen

Once added, TinySnap gives you many different ways to take screenshots in Chrome. Firstly, just like in the manual method, there is the option to capture the entire visible screen. Alternatively, you can select a portion of the image to capture screenshots of only a specified area of your Google browser.

Screenshot of the entire page

The real advantage is if you want to document not only the visible area but the entire page in Chrome with screenshots. TinySnap offers you this possibility with just a few clicks. Just click on “Full page” to screen capture the entire page.

More options for screenshots with TinySnap

In addition to full-page screenshots, TinySnap also offers other options. In addition to the editor mentioned above, which you can use to edit your images as needed, you can also create and share GIF or WebM files. This is particularly useful if you want to document a moving image or video instead of a static picture. You can record up to ten seconds of footage and also cut it afterward or add comments.

Alternatively, TinySnap offers a premium version of the TinySnap screen capture extension tool. The version is not very expensive with an annual fee of $49 and you can save upto 32%.

3. Creating screenshots in the Chrome browser with the developer tools

The ideal middle ground, which offers you more options on the one hand and does not require an extension on the other, is provided by Chrome itself. You can also create screenshots with the developer tools of the Chrome browser. One possible disadvantage is that this method is comparatively complicated. It also does not offer an integrated editing option. However, since the result is convincing, we will explain to you how to proceed step by step:

  • First, call up the URL from which you want to take screenshots in Chrome.
  • Click on the three dots at the top right.
  • Now select “More tools” and then “Developer tools” at the bottom.
  • Now click on the second symbol from the left at the very top. It shows a small and a large screen and is called the “Device Toolbar”.
  • Now you have the option of selecting certain parameters for the image. If you do not want to do this, click on the appropriate model under “Responsive”.
  • On the right side of the bar, you will find three dots. Click these to select which screenshots you would like to create in Chrome. You can choose between a screenshot of the visible area (Capture screenshot) or the entire website (Capture full-size screenshot).