Usually, when we are browsing through the internet, often we need to take a screenshot of a particular web page or a piece of information in it. This will help us to refer to or use even in related professional or personal activities.
Yes, there are inbuilt tools and shortcuts that are available in Google chrome for taking screenshots and our systems. But they don’t come with advanced settings like delayed screenshots, full-page screenshots, scrolling screenshots, automatic cloud sync, etc.
Also editing, cropping, watermarking features are needed in some cases, where it can be really helpful. Most of us want customized screenshots that we can use as per our requirement.
That’s where screenshot extensions come to the rescue. They are highly customizable with lots of additional features and above all available in the chrome web store for 100% free of cost.
Note: These rankings are made on the basis of their ease of use, advanced features, and of course popularity(number of downloads).
Free Chrome Screenshot Extensions
Here we are going to list out 8 of the best screenshot extensions for chrome that are 100% free:
With over 2 million-plus downloads, Awesome Screenshot is one of the high rated free screenshot extensions for chrome. This makes it one of the popular screenshot capturing extension tool in the chrome web store.
You can take the screenshot as per requirement and can save, print, send via email, copy to the clipboard, or share depending on your requirement.
Features of Awesome Screenshot:
- It allows us to capture the full or selective area of the web pages.
- Add annotations, blur effects, and comments.
- There is also an option for a screen recorder for the screencast and easy one-click share with Trello, Slack, etc.
- Desktop capture feature.
It is a quick and easy capturing tool. It is limited only to the browser, the desktop top version is not available. Plus you cannot use this extension offline.
Full Page Screenshot
Full Page screenshot as the name indicates helps you to take the screenshot of a full page. After capturing the screenshot, the image is opened in a new tab.
You can edit this screenshot, make annotations, crop, etc. Also, download the screenshot in the form of an image or PDF, as per your requirement.
Features for Full Page Screenhot:
- Easy capturing and processing.
- Works in offline mode.
- Capture fine-tuning.
- Protected privacy.
It is simple and easy to use the extension. Captures the entire web page using advanced capture technology.
The only drawback of the Full Page screenshot is that this extension cannot automatically identify or remove sticky headers and footers on the web page. In rare cases, the screenshot will be entirely black, transparent, or with low resolution.
Nimbus Screenshot and Video Recorder
Nimbus Screenshot and Video Recorder are also one of the high rated screenshot extensions for chrome. It helps you to capture a full or partial screenshot (or even entire browser window) of the web page and edit or annotate it.
Features of Nimbus Screenshot:
- It supports horizontal scrolling.
- You can edit objects even after adding them to the screenshot.
- Start with a blank image.
- Capture part of a screen.
- Keyboard shortcuts.
- Screen recording or screencast is also possible with this extension.
You can crop or trim the recorded videos or even convert them into gif and mp4 format if needed. It has a comparatively fast uploading speed. Also, it comes with a lot of capture options.
Nimbus supports limited file formats. In addition to that image editing features are pretty basic. Since there is no Multi-Tab interface it may affect user experience.
This cross-platform screen capture tool that allows capturing of single and multiple web pages. It can consolidate multiple captures into one single document.
Features of qSnap:
- Capture Single or Multiple Webpages.
- It can easily edit, highlight, or even crop the snapshot, without any difficulty.
- Using this tool you can store the screenshots locally or can access their hosting service if needed.
- qSnap comes with a built-in annotation tool using which you can add in-line note boxes and callouts.
This extension is very user friendly. It allows the sharing of screenshots as a group. This free tool also has cross-browser support.
One of the drawbacks of keyboard shortcuts is that they are not configurable. Also, you can save the images only in png format.
Looking for a light weighted fast screenshot capturing tool for chrome? Lightshot is a good option for you. This highly customizable extension comes with a simple user interface where you can take and share a screenshot with a few clicks.
Like other top capturing tools you can take a webpage fully or can select any part as per your requirement. You can save the screenshot either on your local disk or in the cloud.
Features of Lightshot:
- Take a screenshot and share it in a few clicks.
- Select full or any part of the page.
- Edit screenshot in place.
- You can search for similar screenshots on the web.
- Can copy the screenshot into the clipboard.
Lightshot is an easy screenshot capturing tool with clean design. It is faster, all done in a few clicks.
It is very difficult to capture pages that need to be scrolled vertically or horizontally.
What makes Marker different from other screenshot capturing tools is its level of application. This extension makes it easier for developers, product teams to take a screenshot of any visual bugs or any reports, annotate it, and then share it with their teammates by uploading it to project management tools.
Features of Marker.io:
- Supports to explain feedback visually.
- Give centralized feedback into your favorite tools.
- Reproduce bugs faster than ever.
- No need to leave the website or application.
All the integrations with this extension are well designed and very useful. It is also one of the fastest screenshot capturing tools, a massive time saver.
Some features are accessible for paid premium members only. You cannot assign any issue to a project using this tool.
Webpage Screenshot is an open-sourced screenshot extension with advanced features as compared to others on the list. It allows editing the webpage content even before taking a screenshot.
Features of Webpage Screenshot:
- Blur sensitive information in the screenshot using the spray.
- This tool can take both the vertical and horizontal content screenshots.
- There is an onboard editor option using which you can edit both the screenshot and other images in it.
- Save or print or share it as per your choice.
- It is also possible to send the screenshot directly to Gmail or to upload it to Google Drive.
Using this capturing tool you can take screenshots quick and easy. Crop out unwanted surroundings using this time saver tool.
Sometimes the screenshots will be of low resolution and the file sizes are very small.
Blipshot supports capturing a full-page screenshot in one click. You can save this screenshot in PNG format. It will be easier to identify the screenshot since it is saved with details like page name, date, and time with it.
Features of Blipshot:
- It can take a whole-page or partial screenshot.
- One-click screenshot.
- Fast drag and drop saving option is available.
- The screenshot is saved with a page name, date, and time.
The extension size is very small thus making it a ‘light-weighted’ tool. Plus this free tool is one of the easiest screenshot capturing extensions out there.
There is a possibility that the huge pages may crash the current tabs. Also the horizontal scrollbar the screenshot is not good.
Fireshot screenshot tool allows you to capture the full or visible part of a webpage. Also, you can copy the screenshot you took to the clipboard or even print it.
You will get the basic version free of cost, but if you need the advanced additional features, it is recommended to go for the premium paid version.
Features of Fireshot:
- Allows adding of some quick text annotations.
- Save the screenshot to the disk or send it to the Gmail in PDF, PNG, and JPEG formats.
- Capture only visible parts of the web page or just a selection.
It provides a free extension browser. The captured screenshots can be automatically opened in the built-in editor. The premium version is comparatively affordable
It is unable to access this extension tool with an API. Also, it restricts developers from accessing the functionality of Fireshot for integrating with other applications. Fireshot allows users to upload on social media, Picasa, OneNote in premium Version only.
First of all, the Gmail screenshot has nothing to do with Gmail. This is also a lightweight screenshot capturing extension, that also allows us to annotate a screenshot by adding text, including rectangular shapes or arrows or lines, or even crop it.
Features of Gmail Screenshot:
- It can pixelate highly sensitive information.
- It will provide users with a URL for instant sharing.
- You can save the captured screenshots in the cloud by creating an account, because of its cloud integration feature.
- Add a screenshot of any window.
- Annotate with brush and pen.
- Can blur sensitive information.
Gmail screenshot is convenient and easy to use the tool. It makes workflow way faster than usual. There are no notable drawbacks to this extension tool.
Now, we are going two see two screenshot capturing extensions using which you can take the screenshots of social media accounts-Twitter and YouTube.
This extension will help you in adding a Screenshot button in tweets so that you can easily capture your favorite tweets without the use of selected area screenshot options, which takes some effort.
This screenshot button will be near the like button. Once you click on it the captured image will be shown in a new tab from where you can download it.
Features of Twitter Screenhot:
- Cleans the tweet from any distracting elements in the feed.
- High-resolution screenshot images.
- Opens the captured image in a new tab.
This screenshot capturing extension comes with builtin tools providing awesome design and slickness to the screenshot. Capture twitter screenshots in an instant.
There is no automatic save feature in this tool. Also, there are some issues with the latest twitter interface.
This extension is similar to the twitter screenshot capturing tool. Now you don’t have to play the perfect pause game to take the screenshot from your favorite YouTube video.
Features of YouTube Screenshot:
- Adds a quick and easy screenshot button on the YouTube player.
- Automatically saves the currently playing video as a file when you click on the button.
- Copy to the clipboard option is also there.
- Keyboard shortcuts are also available for controlling the playback rate.
It makes it very easy to take screenshots as the video goes on. Don’t worry about accidentally capturing the control buttons. It captures the wanted frame only.
Sometimes while trying to take screenshots, the extension shows a network error message.
Bottom Line — Chrome Screenshot Extensions
The list doesn’t end here. There are plenty of free screenshot extensions available in the chrome store from which you can go for the one that suits you the best. Standardized Screenshot, HTML Elements Screenshot, PicPick screen capture, etc are some of them.
So, why do we need extensions if there are built-in screenshot capturing tools in the chrome or system itself?
Taking screenshots is simple using inbuilt tools in your system and Google chrome. You can also use keyboard shortcuts — Fn + PrntScrn in Windows and Cmd + Shift + 4 on macOS. Also, the Google Chrome DevTools also has a screenshot capturing tool in it.
But all these tools and shortcuts are basic ones and cannot provide us the features offered by the top screenshot extensions we discussed above.
These are the best free screenshot extensions for chrome with unique features that can help you in capturing important webpages for your use.
Did we miss any? Share the ones that find interesting or those that you are currently using in the comments.
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