Screengrab: A Powerful Screenshot Tool

Screenshots are very useful for making creative contents and even informative ones, just like the ones we use in manuals or user guides. We students make use of them as well when making projects and other creative activities. Want to know a way to capture your contents better and less the hassle of too much editing and the like? Then here is Screengrab for you. It is a firefox add-on used for taking screenshots of a web page.

Instead of having to printscreen your window, pasting it in a paint editor, editing, and all the other hassles just to get your web content, Screengrab offers a variety of ways to get that for you. You can opt to take a shot of the whole web page, just a selection, or only what’s visible on the screen. You can also choose to save it or just copy it to clipboard.

To get the Screengrab tool:

  1. Just search Google or Yahoo! for screengrab firefox or simply screengrab. If by chance, you chose the same link as mine, then you should see this screen.screengrab
  2. Click Add to Firefox
  3. Then, install Screengrab and restart your firefox.
  4. It should appear on your toolbar (most likely the bottom of your browser if you are using Firefox 5 like me).

If it did not appear:

  1. You can check if the add-on is enabled by clicking Tools > Add-ons
  2. You will be taken to your Add-ons Manager, and under Extensions tab, you should see Screengrab there.
  3. Click enable.

or you can check if your add-on toolbar is enabled by clicking View > Toolbars > Add-ons.

Once enabled, it should be there in your browser with a small icon at the bottom right portion of your browser.icon

Now using screengrab is just as easy as installing it.

  • You can get a complete page or frame by clicking on the screengab iconscreengrab  ) > Save (or Copy) > Complete Page/Frame

You will see a dialog box prompting you to save your screenshot

Just choose which folder to use in saving then click Save.

Upon opening the file, you will see a copy of the whole web page you took only with its full and clear contents (no unnecessary images like your browser window, url, and those stuff) . Then, you can just crop smaller pieces of  needed content from that using a picture editor or upload the full frame without needing to edit the picture.

  • Just like in getting the whole frame, you can choose to get only the visible portion of the web page by clicking   screengrab   > Save (or Copy) > Visible portion. A similar dialog box (seen above) will pop up on your window.
  •  Lastly, you can choose to take just a selection from the web page by clicking  screengrab   > Save (or Copy) > Selection. This saves you from the need to crop your images before using them.

Your screen will be highlighted with light violet after selecting this option. Just click and drag starting from the left corner the content you want to select. After releasing the mouse, the dialog box for saving the image will automatically appear and there you have it.

Having the said options makes it more convenient than the usual screenshot. I really recommend having this tool especially for those who makes use of screenshots a lot in their documentations.

By the way, Screengrab works not only for Linux OS, so go ahead and get yourself your own Screengrab! 🙂

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