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screen snapshotScreenshots, when blogging, or even just sharing a website with friends, can greatly slow you down. Suddenly, you’re browsing your desktop, cropping in an external editor and searching for a reliable image host.

An in-browser application solves this problem. With the three Chrome extensions discussed below, you can snap and annotate screen snapshots without ever leaving your browser. With one of these tools, you can even take screenshots from your desktop and other applications!

Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot is one of the best in-browser screen snapshot alternatives, and one I’m rather fond of using myself. You can choose to capture the entire webpage, or just the part that’s currently visible in your browser. By resizing your browser window, you can actually dynamically crop your screenshots before they’re taken!

screen snapshot on chrome

Once you’ve snapped (part) of a webpage, you can use the extension for some basic editing, ideal for bloggers and amateur annotations. Resize or further crop your screenshot, and improve the image quality or compress for the web. Annotations consist of basic circles, rectangles, lines, freeform and text on top of the photo. More importantly, the special blur tool allows you to make parts of the screenshot inedible, fast.

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It also allows you to upload the resulting screen snapshot instantly, but users should be forewarned that Pict.com is a rather unstable image host, and images might not be kept online. For that purpose, it’s advised to also store your images locally or upload them to a trustworthy image host yourself.

In short, a lightweight screenshot and annotating tool, ideal for bloggers and amateur sharing.

LightShot (Windows only)

This might be considered a more heavyweight alternative to Awesome Screenshot. After clicking the icon in the browser bar, you can select any visible part on your screen to snap a picture. Although it’s not possible to snap an entire webpage, this tool also allows you to take screenshots of your desktop or other applications. The only real downside is that that it’s only supported on Windows.

how to take a screenshot

The extension also allows you to annotate those screenshots, but is not limited to that aspect. For that matter, the embedded image editor is far more advanced than the default image editor on Windows, with support for layers and filters. When you’re done, save the image to your desktop or upload it to the LightShot server.

For Windows, LightShot is by far the most advanced screenshot tool available as a Chrome extension. If you regularly need heavy editing while working with screen snapshot, LightShot will the the extension of choice.

Webpage Screenshot

This was the original screenshot application for Google Chrome, and the first that allowed for full-page screenshots with automated scrolling. To that extent, the extension is rather simple, and a far lighter alternative to Awesome Screenshot or LightShot.

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Clicking the toolbar button will snap the visible area, or take a full-page screenshot of the website, optionally by interval. Afterwards, you have the ability to further crop the image, apply basic annotation and share it online.

Do you have first-hand experience with these extensions, or do you know of any other great Google Chrome screenshot tools? Let us know in the comments section below!

  1. ThE uSeFuL
    September 8, 2010 at 4:40 am

    I tried the Awesome Screenshot and found it really simple and easy to use. Should try the upload and share feature sometime.

  2. Mani Viswanathan
    August 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    This was certainly helpful. Thanks for sharing them!

  3. JamesHolmesOnline
    August 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Great set of suggested Google Chrome applications. I am a Firefox user slowly warming up to Chrome and this helps. I dug into some of the other add ons while I was installing these and I am beginning to see that Chrome has several neat add on features.

    Also, thanks to Tony as noted above... I am going to test Avery in this group as well and find the solution that best finds my needs.

    Great posting!

    James

  4. JamesHolmesOnline
    August 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Great set of suggested Google Chrome applications. I am a Firefox user slowly warming up to Chrome and this helps. I dug into some of the other add ons while I was installing these and I am beginning to see that Chrome has several neat add on features.

    Also, thanks to Tony as noted above... I am going to test Avery in this group as well and find the solution that best finds my needs.

    Great posting!

    James

    • Simon Slangen
      August 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, James. Let us hear what you choose, and why. I'm sure a lot of other readers will be interested. :-)

  5. Anonymous
    August 7, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Webpage Screenshot seems to have some trouble especially with long pages. It says it's a Chrome bug, but it will be nice to try some alternatives.

  6. Tony
    August 7, 2010 at 5:56 am

    I think Awesome Screenshot and Aviary Screen Capture are the best addons for this purpose.

  7. Rokinroj
    August 7, 2010 at 12:11 am

    For Windows 7 users - The new Snip Tool is really handy. Launch, crop, save. Not browser dependent since it's a windows app. You can even use it in Word, or from your desktop, etc.

  8. Esponapule
    August 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I have no idea how you guys missed the best on (and its cross browser too!). Pixlr Grabber is my personal favorite and will use nothing else!
    http://pixlr.com/grabber/

  9. Andrew
    August 6, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Google has an official one - https://chrome.google.com/exte...

  10. Andrew
    August 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm
  11. Frank Esposito
    August 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    you forgot Pixlr grabber

  12. fruitgeek.wordpress.com
    August 6, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    For Macs, just press shift-command-4 without any addons to take a screenshot

    • ThE uSeFuL
      September 8, 2010 at 4:44 am

      but it will allow you to take what is visible only. Awesome Screenshot would be the best still

  13. Janeiro Sounds
    August 6, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Awesome Screenshot is really awesome. very useful and convenient

  14. Esponapule
    August 6, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I have no idea how you guys missed the best on (and its cross browser too!). Pixlr Grabber is my personal favorite and will use nothing else!
    http://pixlr.com/grabber/

    • Simon Slangen
      August 7, 2010 at 7:17 am

      Thanks for the tip, it looks like a great addition to the article.

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