It is fair to say that taking a screenshot on a Mac isn’t always the most intuitive, and taking a full-page screenshot can feel clunky. In this guide, you’ll learn how to screenshot the whole page on your Mac.
|Has no editing tools
|Capturing web pages
|No way to screenshot images from your desktop
|Challenging for less-technical users
|Capturing video and still images
|You have to pay to use the program
|Inbuilt tool that doesn’t require installation
|Can’t edit screenshots
|Print and save
|Creating a PDF screenshot
|PDF is the only output format available
|Web page size reduction
|Fitting lots of information
|Not convenient and time-consuming
|Mozilla Firefox screenshotting tool
|High-resolution browser captures
|Only for Firefox users
|Multiple tools for Mac
|You may not need all of the tools you are paying for
|Capturing embedded frames
|Only works as a Chrome plugin
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How to take a full screenshot on a Mac
Best for: High-resolution screenshots
Browser: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox
Chrome Web Store rating: 4.2 out of 5, 10,000+ users
We’ll start our review with Movavi ScreenShot. It is an easy-to-use extension for browsers that takes screencaps at different sizes: the entire page, specific areas, or standard captures of your screen.
For the top-to-bottom screenshot, the extension will scroll the page automatically, even if it's a mile long. You don’t need to lift a finger!
Here are the pros and cons of using the extension.
Advantages of Movavi ScreenShot:
- Works perfectly with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox
- Supports high-resolution images
- Requires no permissions for installation
- Works in incognito mode
- Doesn’t require registration
- No charge for downloading images
Disadvantages of the extension:
- Has no editing tools like cutting, trimming, annotations, graphics, etc.
- Doesn’t generate a shareable link
- Has no cloud storage for storing screenshots
Now let us guide you through Movavi ScreenShot.
Step 1. Get the extension from the browser web store
Go to your browser web store and find Movavi ScreenShot. Hit the Add to Chrome button and pin the screenshot icon in the top right corner of your browser.
Step 2. Take a full-page screenshot
Open the page you want to capture. Now press the screenshot icon and choose Capture entire page.
Step 3. Save the image
Your screenshot will appear in a new tab where you can download it to your desktop. The default format is JPG.
How to screenshot the entire webpage on a Mac online
Best for: Capturing web pages
Screenshot Guru is a great way to grab a screenshot of any web page. You simply visit Screenshot Guru, put the URL into the text box, and let it do its thing. It couldn’t be easier to use. It has some downsides due to the fact that you can’t take screenshots of anything that requires a login. If you put your Gmail URL in, the site isn’t going to be able to take a full-page screenshot. Though you can use the web page version on any browser, you can add the function to Chrome as an extension.
Advantages of Screenshot Guru:
- Super simple to take screenshots using your browser
- Hi-res images captured directly on the website
Disadvantages of Screenshot Guru:
- No option to screenshot sites, you have to log in
- No way to screenshot images from your desktop or programs
How to screenshot the entire page on a Mac using Screenshot Guru:
Step 1. Find the URL of the page
Find the web address from the URL bar on the full web page you want to screenshot. Copy this to your clipboard.
Step 2. Paste the URL
Navigate to Screenshot Guru. There is no login required, you simply paste the URL into the text box and click the Screen Capture button.
Step 3. Save your image
The image is generated in the browser, and you then have the option to save this wherever you want to on your computer.
How to screenshot the entire page on a Mac with a built-in browser tool
Best for: Precise dimensions
Browser: Google Chrome
Can you capture a web page without using a third-party app or software? Yes! If you use Google Chrome, you should definitely try the developer tools as a screenshotting service.
This trick is well-known to developers because they’re familiar with all the secrets of HTML. Now you can be one of those in the know!
But first, let’s check the pros and cons of using the developer tools.
Advantages of using developer tools:
- No installation required
- The width and height of the screenshot can be customized
Disadvantages of using developer tools:
- You will need to spend more time on set up
- Challenging for less-technical users
- No editing tools
- You can only download the screenshot to your desktop because there’s no shareable link
Step 1. Open developer tools
To open developer tools, hit the three dots in the right top corner of the browser. You can also press Alt + Command + I.
Now go to More Tools and choose Developer Tools.
Step 2. Customize the size
Open the Device Toolbar tab. Here you can set the size of the screenshot. If you’re working on a design project, you may find it helpful to make a screenshot of the web page using different devices.
Step 3. Take a Screenshot
Close to the size settings, you’ll see three dots. Hit them, and the screenshot drop-down menu will appear.
Select Capture full size screenshot.
Finally, choose the folder and save the image to your computer.
How to take a full-page screenshot on a Mac with a desktop program
Best for: Capturing video and still images
Mac App Store rating: 4.4 out of 5, 292 reviews
You may find it more convenient to use desktop software for making screenshots. Traditionally, such apps offer many more options than regular extensions or online capture services. Apart from screenshotting a web-page, you can use Capto to capture other screen acivity, e.g. to take a picture from a video. The most significant advantage is the availability of image editing tools and video recording options that make the app much more flexible.
Let us introduce Capto which is designed specifically for Mac.
Advantages of Capto:
- High-quality support
- Continuous updates and program improvements
Disadvantages of Capto:
- Audio recording is unreliable
- You have to pay to use the program
Note that Capto has a 7-day trial period, so you can try making screenshots with this app first by following these steps.
Step 1. Launch the program
Install Capto on your computer and launch the program.
Step 2. Run the screenshotting function
In the top menu, hit the Web icon. In the drop-down menu, select one of the screenshot options. If you’ve already opened the page you want to capture, choose the last item – Snap active browser URL.
Step 3. Edit the image and save it
In the preview window, you can crop your screenshot and add arrows or highlights to it.
When you’re done editing, save the image to your preferred folder. Note that you can choose the image format - one more argument in favor of Capto.
Best for: Inbuilt tool that doesn’t require installation
If you have macOS 10.14 or higher, you can skip all the foregoing methods and use the built-in Mojave tool. It will be the fastest and easiest way to capture the web page.
Step 1. Press shortcuts
Press Shift + Command + 5 to run the screen control panel.
Step 2. Take a full-size screenshot
Click on the full screenshot icon and get your image.
You can also press Shift + Command + 3 to get a screencap.
Print and save lifehack
Best for: Creating a PDF screenshot
There’s one more way to capture a web page. You can pretend that you want to print the page but, instead of printing, you save it as a PDF file on your computer!
But it’s not the most convenient method if you need an image in PNG or JPG format. After saving the screenshot, you’ll need to use another app or online service to convert the file from PDF to your desired image format.
Here are the two steps to this life hack.
Step 1. Print the page
Open your browser and find the Print option in the settings. You can also press Command + P.
Step 2. Save the image
Click the Save button to download the file as a PDF.
Web page size reduction
Best for: Fitting lots of information
We can’t ignore this crazy way of taking screenshots! You reduce the size of the web page and copy everything that fits on your screen.
It isn’t the most convenient or fastest way of screenshotting, but it seems to work reliably in any browser.
Step 1. Reduce the page size
Open the web page you want to capture. Now press Command and - (minus) simultaneously. Hold the keys down until you see the whole page on your screen.
Step 2. Define the capture area
Press Command + Shift + 4 and frame the web page. The framed area will be your screenshot so pay attention to how you move the cursor, otherwise, you’ll have to crop the image later.
Step 3. Get a screencap
When you release the mouse button, your Mac will take a web page photo automatically. The screencap will be saved to your computer.
Don’t forget to reset the web page size. To do this, press Command + 0.
Mozilla Firefox screenshotting tool
Best for: High-resolution browser captures
The Mozilla Firefox browser includes a handy tool for taking screenshots. It’s very simple to use – it never seems to crash, and it provides a high-resolution image. Another advantage of this online tool is that you can get a shareable link to the image.
Follow these simple steps to use the Firefox built-in tool.
Step 1. Find the screenshotting function
If you look at the address bar, you’ll see three dots in the right corner. This opens the Page actions menu. Click on it.
The screenshotting tool is the last item in the drop-down menu.
Step 2. Take a screenshot of the entire page
Click on Take a Screenshot. The browser will offer you several options – capture a specific area, capture the visible part of the screen, or capture a full-page screenshot. Hit the Save full page button.
Step 3. Save the image
A window containing the screenshot will appear. Now you can download it to your computer or copy the link to the clipboard.
Full Page Screen Capture
Best for: Free browser screen captures
AlternativeTo rating: 2.5 out of 5
The next tool is Full Page Screen Capture. It’s an online screenshot maker that’s free to use.
Advantages of Full Page Screen Capture:
- Quick and easy to use
- No registration or installation required
- Good image quality
Disadvantages of Full Page Screen Capture:
- Can’t capture screens that require logins - for example, you cannot screenshot your Gmail inbox
- Must open the screen capture web page every time you need to make a screencap
- No choice of size. If you want to get a partial screenshot, you’ll have to use another app
For full-page screen capture, follow these steps.
Step 1. Copy and paste
Copy the link of the web page you want to capture. Go to Full Page Screen Capture and paste the URL into the empty field.
Step 2. Capture and save
Click on the Capture button and wait while the capture is created.
Now hover your mouse over the image and click on it. You screencap will appear in a new tab. Click on it with the right mouse button and save the picture. You can also copy the link and share it with others.
Best for: Multiple tools for Mac
PCMag rating: 4.5 out 5
Parallels Toolbox is one install for your Mac operating system that provides you with a lot of tools that you can use, including a screenshot option. It frees up memory but also has a lot of different features and functions, including the option to check your clipboard history and optimize your system ready for a presentation. For one yearly fee, you can access all of these tools.
Parallels Toolbox is accessible from the upper toolbar on your MacBook, so it is easy to quickly capture any screen.
Advantages of Parallels Toolbox:
- Easy to capture any screen without having to navigate to another URL
- Select the area you want to capture if you wish
- Comes with a variety of other tools
Disadvantages of Parallels Toolbox:
- Not free
- You may not need all of the tools you are paying for
How to screenshot a full page using Parallels Toolbox:
Step 1. Prepare the screen or web page
Navigate to the screen you need to take a screenshot of first of all, so you are ready to capture.
Step 2. Open the app
Open Parallels Toolbox from the upper toolbar on your Mac. On the drop-down menu, you can find the screenshot tool. Once you click on this, you can simply choose the area to screenshot.
Step 3. Drag your cursor to capture the image
Drag across the area that you want to capture, from the bottom left to the top right, for example. This will select the full screen that you wish to capture. The image will automatically save to your desktop.
Best for: Capturing embedded frames
Browser: Google Chrome
Chrome Web Store rating: 4.9 out of 5, 5,000,000+ users
GoFullPage gives you a way to capture both everything that is visible on the page as well as everything “below the fold” on a webpage, so it actually has a way to scroll and capture every single aspect of the web page. It can capture things like embedded iframes which a lot of other options struggle with. You can also choose how to export the page, so for instance, you may wish to save it as a PDF rather than a JPG.
Advantages of GoFullPage:
- Easy operation with the click of a button or a shortcut
- No annoying ads
- Manages to capture embedded frames and more
Disadvantages of GoFullPage:
- Only works as a Chrome plugin
- No option to just capture a small area
How to take a full-page screenshot on a Mac using GoFullPage:
Step 1. Install the browser add-on
Within Chrome’s web store, you can simply and easily install GoFullPage for free.
Step 2. Navigate to the web page
Find the page you would like to grab a screenshot of.
Step 3. Take the screenshot
You can do this by either clicking the camera button that is the icon of the app or you can press the press Alt + Shift + P.
Step 4. Save the image
The image will open in a new tab, and you can choose how to save it and in which format. You might choose that a PDF is best, or you may want to save it as a JPG.
Conclusion: What to look for in a screenshot tool
Hopefully, this has given you a better idea of what to look for and consider when trying to choose a screenshot tool. Features to think about include:
- Ease of use: It should be simple to take a screenshot from any page.
- Format: What does the tool save your screenshots as, and are they high quality?
- Compatibility: If you use a certain browser, the tool needs to be suitable for use with your browser. Most are suitable for use with Google Chrome.
- Reviews: Always check other peoples’ reviews and see what has been said about the software in question. Is it well-reviewed?
Frequently asked questions
How can I screenshot an entire webpage on a Mac?
The easiest way to take a whole page screenshot on Mac is to use a browser extension. It's a fast and reliable tool that provides high-quality images.
Step 1. Install Movavi ScreenShot. You can search for the extension in the Google Web Store and add it to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
Step 2. Capture the web page. Click on the screenshot icon in the top right corner of your browser and choose the Capture entire screen option. Let the extension scroll the page from top to bottom. It will take just a few seconds!
Step 3. Save the image. The screenshot will appear in a new tab. Now you can download it in JPG format. You don’t have to register on a website to get your images.
How can I take a whole page screenshot on a Mac?
Here’s a list of the best tools to help you capture a whole web page.
- Movavi ScreenShot – a browser extension
- Full Page Screen Capture – an online screen capture
- Google Chrome developer tools
- Capto – a desktop program for Mac
- Mojave hotkeys
- The print and save trick
- Reduce and copy the page
- Built-in screenshot tool in Mozilla Firefox
Check the guide above to learn more about how to scroll and save an entire web page.
How can I take a full-page screenshot on my iPhone?
If your operating system is earlier than iOS 13, you will have to take multiple screenshots of different parts of the web page and then glue them together with an image editor. Alternatively, you can open the website on your computer, open developer tools and set the page size so it will look as it does on an iPhone. Then you can take a whole page screenshot with one of the ways described in this article.
If you’re lucky enough to have iOS 13, you can take a full-page screenshot with a built-in iPhone tool. To do this, follow these four steps.
Step 1. Open the target web page. Take a screenshot the same way you would normally. Press the volume up and side buttons.
Step 2. You’ll see a small screenshot preview in the bottom left corner. Hit it.
Step 3. Now you can see the screenshot in preview mode. Your iPhone will offer you two options – Screen or Full Page. Click on the Full Page button.
Step 4. Save the image as a PDF. Note that it’s not possible to save it in an image format because of its length. To convert the screenshot to JPG or PNG, you’ll have to download a separate app.
Be aware that the iPhone’s built-in screenshotting tool is designed for Safari. It may not work with Chrome or other browsers.
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