How to Screenshot a Whole Page in Chrome

Learn how to screenshot on Google Chrome with and without extensions

Chrome Web Store results page for

While it’s probably safe to say that most users know how to take simple screenshots, trying to grab the entire web page that extends beyond a single window of your browser is a bit more complicated. If you have to take a full page screen capture, here are some ways you can do so in Google Chrome, both with and without using browser extensions.  

How to Take a Screenshot of Google Chrome Without Extensions

In those cases where a web page comes pretty close to fitting within your browser window, only requiring the tiniest bit of scrolling to see the rest, you can just zoom out a bit and take a normal screenshot.

  1. Zoom out. Press Ctrl+Minus to zoom out one increment at a time until the layout is to your liking. You can also select the three vertical dots, then select the Minus (-) to zoom out as many times as needed for the window to display the whole page.

    Chrome web browser set to 50% zoom.
  2. Next, enter fullscreen mode. Either press F11 or select the three vertical dots, then select the Fullscreen icon to the right of the zoom in/out controls.

    Google Chrome web browser in fullscreen mode.
  3. Finally, take a screenshot using whatever screenshot utility or method you generally use.

Take a Chrome Screenshot By Saving as a PDF

You can also print the screen and save it as a PDF, then either keep in its native PDF format or convert to an image format.

Google Chrome web browser Print dialog screen with the

Within Google Chrome's print controls, select More Settings to further adjust the PDF to your liking. You can change the paper size, margins, and scale.

How to Take a Full Page Screen Capture Using a Chrome Extension

While these extension-less methods can be handy enough if you only want to occasionally capture basic web pages every once in a while, it's likely not going to be enough if you need to do so frequently, especially if they're large or unwieldy pages.

If the latter is more often the case, you will probably want to enlist the aid of a dedicated screenshot extension, like Full Page Screen Capture.

  1. Navigate to the Chrome Web Store in your browser.

  2. Enter “full page screenshot” into the search box and either select the corresponding suggested search term or press Enter

    Google Chrome web browser on the Chrome Web Store results page for
  3. Select Add to Chrome next to the Full Page Screen Capture extension. 

    Google Chrome web browser on the Chrome Web Store, with the
  4. With the page open in the current tab, select the Full Page Screen Capture extension icon in the top-right of your browser.

  5. Wait for the screenshot to finish processing. 

  6. On the new tab the extension automatically opens, select the download image icon and you'll download the new image.

    Screen Capture Results page for the Full Page Screen Capture browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser, with the download dialog.

If you're asked to let the extension have access to your device’s file system, select Allow.