How to save browser screenshots as PDF

Ivan Jenic
by Ivan Jenic
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  • Taking screenshots directly on your browser requires installing extensions or add-ins.
  • In this guide, we'll tell you everything you need to know about saving browser screenshots as PDFs.
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Capturing screenshots in Windows is quite easy: you just need to press a single key and save the image or use a simple screen capturing tool. However, capturing screenshots from web pages can be challenging because we often need to capture the whole page.

The best solution, in this case, is to use a third-party tool to take screenshots while browsing the Internet.

No browser offers users the option to save screenshots as PDF by default. But if you’re using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you can go to their extension store and install an extension that does just that.


Quick tip

Some lines of work require that you take screenshots of websites daily, so arranging your system to do that as smoothly as possible can be a lifesaver.

One way you can do this is to switch to a better browser, such as Opera. It is both lightweight and fast, but the most important aspect is just how customizable it is, and how easily you can integrate various services into it.

More so, it comes with plenty of built-in features, such as Snapshot, a dedicated tool that allows you to take screenshots of your web pages, edit them, and share them with ease.

This also works with Opera‘s integrated messengers, so sending screenshots straight to Facebook or WhatsApp has never been easier.

Opera

Opera

An excellent web browser that offers many useful tools, including the ability to save and print your web pages.

How do I save browser screenshots as PDF?

1. Download FireShot to save browser screenshots as PDF

An extension called FireShot allows you to save an entire webpage as PDF with just a few clicks. FireShot is available in the Chrome Webstore and Firefox’s Add-Ons page for free.

Once you’ve downloaded the extension, simply right-click anywhere on the page and select Capture Webpage Screenshot Entirely. The extension will immediately give you a few options for capturing a screenshot.

It allows you to capture only what’s visible, a specific section of the screen, and of course the entire web page. When you choose what to capture, a new window will immediately show up. Here, you can save the screenshot as a PDF, as a regular image or even print it.

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You can also set a few hotkeys to take screenshots by simply pressing these keyboard keys. You can set a hotkey for every option this extension offers: Last Used Action, Capture Visible Part, Capture Selection, and of course Capture Entire age.

FireShot’s premium version offers even more features. If you upgrade, you’ll be able to further edit your screenshot by adding annotations, graying out parts of an image, and more.

Fireshot is currently available in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox only, but we’d certainly like to see it in Microsoft Edge in the future, as well.


2. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader for taking screenshots

If you often take screenshots and you work with PDF documents on a daily basis, we suggest using Adobe Acrobat Reader for saving screenshots. The tool has a built-in Snapshot feature that lets you copy an area of a PDF as an image.

Keep in mind that this feature is only available within Acrobat Reader, you can’t use it to take screenshots on your browser.

How to use the Snapshot tool in Adobe Acrobat Reader

  1. Navigate to the Edit menu > click on Take A Snapshottake snapshot adobe acrobat reader
  2. Select the area you want to copy
  3. A confirmation message will appear on the screensave snapshot adobe acrobat reader
  4. You can now paste the copied image in another application.
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FAQ: Learn more about browser screenshots

  • How do you take a screenshot on Chrome?

To take a screenshot on Chrome, install a screenshot browser extension from the Web Store and click on the Screen Capture button to capture the entire webpage or parts of it.

  • How can I save a web page as PDF?

Most great PDF readers also come with browser extensions that allow you to turn your web pages into PDF files with just a few clicks.

  • How do you take a screenshot on a PC faster?

The quickest way to take a screenshot on a computer is to press the PrtScr key. This will automatically capture your desktop and you can then paste the image into an image editor.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in October 2016 and was revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.