How to Take Screenshots in Firefox Without Any Addons

Nancy Messieh 06-09-2017

There are plenty of ways to take screenshots The 4 Best Windows Screenshot Apps and Tools Here are the best Windows screenshot tools, whether you need a basic screen capture app or something with advanced features. Read More on your computer, but Firefox users now have an additional option. By enabling a new beta feature in Firefox, you can easily take and share screen captures from the browser with the press of a button.


This feature is particularly useful if you’re planning on sharing screenshots online, or tend to take screenshots in your browser for sharing on social media.

How to Enable Screenshots in Firefox

Follow these steps to enable Firefox’s native screenshot feature:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.
  3. You’ll see a warning that this might void your warranty. Click the button that says I accept the risks.
  4. Search for this setting: extensions.screenshots.system-disabled
  5. It should show the status as default and the value as true. Double-click it and the status should change to modified and value as false.
  6. A new button (How to Take Screenshots in Firefox Without Any Addons Firefox Screenshot Icon)should now appear at the end of the address bar.

How to Take a Screenshot in Firefox

There are two ways you can take a screenshot in Firefox:

  1. After clicking the screenshot button, you can click anywhere in the browser and drag to select the area you want to capture.
  2. You can also hover your mouse on the page and it will highlight sections on the page that you can capture with one click.

Once you have the screenshot, you can either save it to your computer or can upload it for easy sharing online. The URL will be automatically copied and any screenshots uploaded to Firefox will be available for 14 days.

What’s your preferred method for taking screenshots? Let us know in the comments. 


Related topics: Mozilla Firefox, Screenshots.

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  1. Natalie
    September 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Doesn't have it in ESR, 52.3.0 (32-bit)... LOVE it on my laptop. PC nada...

  2. Natalie
    September 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    There is no "extensions.screenshots.system-disabled" in about.config in ESR, 52.3.0 (32-bit). I LOVE it on my laptop. PC can't get it...

  3. Frank
    September 7, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Firefox has features like these and for years, they bury it. It's like these people live in a bubble and haven't the slightest idea about UIs. There are more annoyances, easily fixable, on FF than any other browser I've used.

    At any rate, when FF fixes their decades-long harddrive destroying disk-caching problems, I'll consider them again. At some point reality (marketshare) must burst that sheltered bubble.

  4. Brian Robertson
    September 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Ctrl + Print Screen then paste into

    • Doc
      September 6, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Print Screen by itself will copy a screenshot to the clipboard. Then use GIMP. :)