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How to Use the Web Capture Tool in Microsoft Edge for Screenshots

Microsoft Edge includes a Web Capture tool that allows you to take screenshots of a webpage or the entire page itself. Here’s how.

The Web Capture tool, included in Microsoft Edge, allows you to take screenshots of a webpage. You can use it to take sections of a page or the entire page itself. You can also use the tool to annotate your shot with comments or highlights, for example. Here’s a look at how to use the Web Capture tool to take shots of a webpage, annotate it, and copy or share the shot.

How to Use the Web Capture Tool to Take Screenshots on Edge

To get started, head to the webpage where you want to capture. Then click the Menu button (three dots) and click Web Capture from the menu.

Note: You can also just use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+S to bring it up.

Microsoft Edge Web Capture

When the tool launches the background of the page will dim and you’ll see a couple of options at the top. You can either select a portion of the page by clicking Free Select or take the entire page by clicking the Full Page button.

edge web capture

For the Free Select option, click and drag the plus (+) symbol over the section of the page you want to capture. The portion of the page you select will be highlighted.

select portion of page

When you release your mouse button a new menu will pop up. It includes a Copy button to copy the selection to your clipboard. And a Add notes button that allows you to annotate your shot.

options

If you click the Add notes button, your shot will open in the Web Capture tool’s editor. From there you can use some basic annotation functions like Draw and Erase. Click the Draw dropdown menu to choose the ink color you want to use. You can also change the thickness of your ink.

ink properties

When you’re drawing on the screenshot, you’ll see a pencil icon and can start annotating the shot.

draw

When you’re ready to use the shot, you can click either the Share, Copy, or Save button from the toolbar at the top-right corner.

share-copy-save

For example, I copied a shot to my clipboard and pasted it into a Word document.

paste word doc

Full Page Web Capture

If you want to take a shot of a full page, just launch the Web Capture tool from the menu or use Ctrl+Shift+S. When the tool comes up, click on the Full Page button.

full page

That opens the full webpage in the Web Capture tool’s editor and there you have the same basic editing tools. This feature is helpful if you need to share a full web article and make several notes on it, for example.

full page editor

That’s all there is to it. The Web Capture tool comes in handy when you want to crop and share just a section of a webpage. Or maybe you need to grab a full page and put several notes on it.

Take Screenshots on Other Devices

If you’re using a different device check out how to take a screenshot on a Chromebook, how to grab a screenshot on Android, or how to take a screenshot on iPhone. And you can even take a screenshot on your Apple Watch.

1 Comment

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  1. Gerald B. Sanders

    The output of my full-page capture is a very tall thin jpg that’s basically unusable.

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