How to Capture Scrolling Screens With SnagIt

by Kevin Lee

Screen capture programs are ideal for grabbing images of desktops and Web pages. Many capture programs, however, cannot grab an entire page if it exceeds the dimensions of the browser’s viewing area. Capturing a long Web page may require multiple screenshots. TechSmith's SnagIt program overcomes this limitation by enabling you to capture an entire browser window with a single click.

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Open SnagIt. Locate the "Input" drop-down box at the bottom of the window.

2

Click the drop-down arrow and select the "Scrolling Window" option.

3

Select an optional output destination such as "Clipboard" or "Email" by selecting an option from the "Output" drop-down box.

4

Select an optional effect such as "Color Correction" by selecting it from the "Effect" drop-down box.

5

Click the red "Capture" button.

6

Open your browser and visit a Web page that requires you to scroll to view it.

7

Move your mouse cursor along the edges of the browser window. As you move, popup buttons will appear. For example, if you position the cursor along the bottom edge of the window, the "Capture Vertical Scrolling Area" button will appear. Move the cursor to the bottom right edge and the "Capture Entire Scrolling Area" button will appear.

8

Click one of the buttons. If you want to capture the entire scrolling area, click "Capture Entire Scrolling Area." You will see a message that says, "Scrolling, Please Wait." Wait until the message disappears. The SnagIt "Editor" window will open and display a thumbnail image of your screenshot at the bottom of the window.

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Double-click the thumbnail. SnagIt will display the full image of the screenshot in the "Editor" window.

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Press "Ctrl+S." A "Save As" window will open and prompt you to save the file.

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Click the "Save As Type" drop-down box and select an image format. The choices include PNG, JPG and GIF.

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Enter a name for the file in the "File Name" text box and click "Save."

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Click the "X" in the top right corner of the "Editor" window to close it and return to the main capture window.

Tip

  • check As long as the "Capture Scrolling Window" feature is set, future captures will capture scrolling windows. To return to normal capture mode, click the drop-down arrow under the "Input" box and select another capture option such as "Window" or "Region."

About the Author

After majoring in physics, Kevin Lee began writing professionally in 1989 when, as a software developer, he also created technical articles for the Johnson Space Center. Today this urban Texas cowboy continues to crank out high-quality software as well as non-technical articles covering a multitude of diverse topics ranging from gaming to current affairs.

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