How to Take a Scrolling Screenshot on Mac

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As Mac users, we are all familiar with the classic ‘Shift + Command + 3’ keyboard shortcut for capturing a screenshot. But sometimes, you need to capture the entire length of a page. You can take a scrolling screenshot using Mojave Hotkeys, QuickTime Player, Safari, and many third-party apps.

Hi, I’m Devansh. As a Mac user, I’ve taken scrolling screenshots many times on my MacBook Pro and iMac for various reasons.

In this article, I’ll go through native methods to take scrolling screenshots on Mac. And if you want more options, I’ll also provide information on three third-party apps.

Keep reading if you want to capture an entire webpage or article when a standard-sized screenshot doesn’t cut it!

Top Native Ways to Take Scrolling Screenshot

As I said, macOS offers many options to take screenshots. The most popular keyboard shortcut is Shift + Command + 3. Along with that, Shift + Command + 4 will turn your pointer into crosshairs and allow you to capture a part of the screen. Once confirmed, it will save the screenshot as a PNG file to your desktop.

Of course, this doesn’t suffice if you want to take a scrolling screenshot. So, let’s talk about ways to do that on Mac.

Mojave Hotkeys

If your Mac has macOS 10.14 Mojave or above, there’s a neat keyboard shortcut you can use. It’s more dynamic than the options mentioned above and can also capture video, allowing you to take scrolling screenshots.

Step 1: Open the webpage or document you want to capture and press Command + Shift + 5. The following toolbar will appear at the bottom of your main display.

Step 2: Click the Record Entire Screen button.

Step 3: Using the Camera icon, highlight the area of the screen you want to capture. With the Options menu, I recommend setting a 5-second delay to prepare yourself.

Step 4: Once recording starts, scroll through the webpage or document. Press Command + Shift + 5 again when done and click the Stop Screen Recording button.

A thumbnail of the captured video will appear at the bottom-right corner of your screen. If it needs some trimming, just click on the thumbnail and edit it using the in-built options. After saving it, you can drag it to a document, note, or Finder window.

If you want, you can also use QuickTime Player to do this. It has come bundled with macOS since Snow Leopard. Once the app is open, click on File in the Menu bar, and from the dropdown menu, choose New Screen Recording.

Safari

If you want to take a scrolling screenshot of a webpage, Safari has you covered. Here is the simplest method: 

First, open the File section in the Menu bar and select Export as PDF.

Follow these steps if you want to take the screenshot as a PNG file.

Step 1: Go to Safari in the Menu bar, open Preferences in the dropdown menu, and click on the Advanced tab. In the window, toggle on the Show Develop menu in the menu bar option.

Step 2: After enabling this option, you’ll notice that a new item appears in your Menu bar called Develop. Go to the webpage you want to capture and click on Develop. Now, choose Connect Web Inspector.

Step 3: Go to the Elements area and right-click on the line of code that begins with the <HTML> tag. Click on the Capture Screenshot option.

That’s it! It’ll take a few seconds to process the image, and then you’ll be asked to confirm the file name and location to save it. Now, let’s discuss three great third-party apps to capture scrolling screenshots.

Top 3 Third-Party Apps for Scrolling Screenshots

There are several apps available that allow you to take scrolling screenshots. But the three we recommend below are the best and safest ones for Macs. On top of that, they offer some extra features too.

1. CleanShot X

Developed exclusively for Mac, CleanShot X is the ultimate screen capturing tool. Besides scrolling screenshots, it has around 50 other features, like text recognition, annotation, and a built-in video editor.

What I love most about it is that it complies with Apple’s overall UI design principles and almost feels like a native app. It also offers cloud storage to free up storage space on your Mac. It costs $29 with an optional $8 per month plan for Cloud Pro access.

2. Capto

According to the developer, Capto is a “must-have app for your Mac.” Like CleanShot X, it has many extra features besides scrolling screenshots like an image and video editor. You can get it on the Mac App Store for $26.99.

3. Snagit

Popular among Windows and macOS users, Snagit is a professional screen capture software with various features like image-to-video creator, cloud library, and annotations. It costs around $50 to buy the license, although a free trial is available if you want to take it for a spin.

If you don’t want the complexity of native solutions or the hassle of downloading apps, you can use two online screen capture tools: Screenshot Guru and ShrinkTheWeb.

FAQs

Here are some common questions to add to your knowledge.

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on an iPhone?

To take a scrolling screenshot on your iPhone, it needs to have iOS 13 or above. Just take a screenshot (press the side and volume up button together), tap on the thumbnail in the bottom-left corner, and choose Full Page.

You can scroll through it using the bar on the right side and do some quick editing. Note that this file saves in PDF format rather than PNG. Note: this feature only works on native Apple apps.  

Can you Copy Text from a Scrolling Screenshot?

If you’re using macOS Monterey, you can access Live Text in Preview and Safari. This means you can copy and use the text which appears in an image. Just position the pointer over the text you want to copy and then drag it to select it. There are also OCR (Optical Character Recognition) apps like Prizmo and TextSniper, which you can check out.

How to Take Full Webpage Screenshots with Firefox and Chrome in macOS?

You can still take full-webpage screenshots if you’re not using Safari as your primary browser. Firefox has an in-built feature to do it. For Chrome users, you can get the GoFullPage extension. It’s free and takes full webpage screenshots.

Conclusion

Taking a scrolling screenshot on your Mac can be a huge timesaver. You can use macOS’s built-in tools or a few third-party apps to take scrolling screenshots on your Mac. 

I personally prefer to stick with native solutions, but there’s nothing wrong with using third-party apps if you want extra features. Overall, go with the tool that suits your requirements best.

What’s your preferred method for taking scrolling screenshots on Mac? Please let me know in the comments!

About Devansh Kamdar
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I'm an Apple fan who's been using an iMac and a MacBook Pro for work-related tasks since 2017. I also own an iPhone 13 and several other small Apple accessories. Although I'm preparing to build my own PC soon, I still spend most of the time on my Mac.

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