I have two free screen capture apps, both are portable, that can perform most of screenshot tasks perfectly but sometimes failed in capturing a full web page. After searching for a while and trying out a number of different Windows programs but couldn’t find a good one to do the full capture, I decided to take a look at browser’s extensions. I found several screen capture extensions but finally end up with Fireshot. It’s a great add-on for Chrome and Firefox.
The extension adds a toolbar button on the navigation panel once you install it. To capture full web page, click the drop-down arrow on the button (in Firefox), or click the button (in Chrome), and then choose the “Capture entire page and…” option from the menu.
Most helpful features from Fireshot
- Aside from full web page capture, it also allows users to perform selection capture. This selection capture also supports auto-scrolling. See below video to see it in action.
- After capturing, you can choose any of these actions: edit in internal editor where you can perform some basic editing and annotate the image, save it as an image or a PDF file, copy to clipboard, print, email, share or upload.
- Automatic file naming based on configurable rules.
- Automatic customizable watermark for instantly adding some kind of copyright notice to the capture before you upload or share it online.
- Support custom hotkey to perform default capture mode but unfortunately works for Firefox only. In Chrome it is not possible to change the default hotkey.
- Play sound after capture
- Optional automatic resize
- Specify a custom working folder to save the captured image before exporting it to an external editor. Files that are saved in the directory can be automatically deleted.
- Optionally open the destination folder after saving captures.
The extension does have its Pro version that offer many more features. One of the Pro features allows you to work with multiple captures at once.
- If you choose to open the captures in Fireshot editor and doesn’t want to automatically close the editor after saving, my suggestion is to enable “exit editor by pressing escape” option so that you don’t have to move mouse to the close button everytime you want to close the editor. Change its default action from “Ask” to “Exit”.
- In Firefox, by default the extension integrates itself into the Navigation panel, status bar, context menu and tools menu. You might want to disable the context-menu integration if you have a crowded Firefox right-click menu.
- In Firefox, aside from using the custom hotkey, you can also click the toolbar button to perform its default capture.
- Additionally, in Firefox you can also make use of the Fireshot shortcut icons on the status bar to quickly perform some sort of one-click screenshot.
- For Chrome users, I found that Fireshot sometimes failed to do the full web page capture so I installed another similar extension as a companion or an alternative. In this case, I choose Screen Capture (by Google). It is a simpler screen capture extension but it has saved me a couple of times when Fireshot failed.