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5 Ways to Capture and Edit Screenshots in Google Chrome

Author: Brook Perry
by Brook Perry
Posted: Jan 21, 2014

Screenshot is one amazing feature in computers that makes information storing and sharing extremely easy and convenient. It prevents you from the pain of jotting up the information on the Word document or paper. Simply by clicking on the print screen, you can capture the content on your monitor in form of an image. This content can be any web page content, Word document, Excel sheet or image. Considering the modern trend of online social connectivity, where everyone seems to be in the mood of sharing their thoughts over social networking sites the usage of screenshot seems to be more relevant.

In light of this the conventional process of taking screenshot seems to be a lengthy and time consuming process. First you need to look for your saved screenshot in the computer and then crop it and look for a reliable image host. With so much grooming of technology, you need not to follow the outdated methods of screenshot. Google Chrome brings five impressive screenshot extensions through which you can capture and edit screenshots in a much sophisticated way and can also try out many new techniques with it.

Awesome Screenshot

If you are using Google Chrome, then Awesome Screenshot is an amazing in-browser screen snapshot alternatives that you would love to bring into use. Using this tool you have the flexibility of either capturing the complete webpage or just the part visible on the monitor. This takes away the need of doing the cropping later on, you just need to resize your browser window and select the part of the web page that you need to capture. So, Awesome Screenshot allows you to crop your screenshot before taking the picture. This helps you in those situations when you take the picture but after doing the cropping and all you realize that you are not getting the screen shot you wished to have.

But now, you can first get the frame of your screenshot and only when it justifies to your need, you can go ahead clicking it. Awesome Screenshot also gives you some editing options to improvise your screenshot. These editing tools are very much popular among bloggers, who need posting a large chunk of images on their posts. These tools are appropriate for performing various functions as follow:

  • Cropping screenshot
  • Improving the image quality
  • Compressing the image for web viewing
  • Insertion of annotations like text, circles, rectangles, lines, etc
  • Special blurring of images, etc.

LightShot (Windows only)

If you are using Google Chrome on Microsoft Windows exclusively, then you can consider this heavyweight screenshot alternative, means it will serve those who are up to heavy editing while working with screenshot. Again this tool allows you to do selective snapshot means you will able to selectively capture only the required part of the webpage while neglecting the other section.

You just need to download LightShot and after the downloading, the icon will appear on the top right corner of the browser bar. After clicking on it, you need to select the section of the webpage of which you need to take the snap. While offering selective snap capturing is the good thing about the app at the same time it is its downside as well, because you can’t snap an entire webpage using this tool. However, the tool can be used not just to take screenshots of the webpage but also of the desktop and other applications running on your computer.

The extension also allows annotate screenshots. In fact it supports an advanced annotate screenshot through its layers and filters features. Also, you get flexibility in terms of image saving. Either you can save the image locally on your computer or can upload it to the LightShot server so that you can access it from other computers also. If you are exclusively using Windows, then so far LightShot is the most advanced screenshot tool for the Google Chrome users.


This is a highly sophisticated image editor that has different new features to edit even those snapshot files which are stored in the Google Drive. Moreover, if you have synced the files in your Google Drive across various computers, then whatever editing you do to your snapshot in one computer will automatically appear on other systems. After installing the app, you need to restart the Chrome to initiate full features of the app.

Easy Screen Capture

Easy Screen Capture is another Google Chrome Screenshot extension that is capable of capturing:

  • Any part of screen reflecting on the monitor
  • Scrolling windows
  • Entire web pages.

By using the tool you can even edit the images that can be saved to the most popular file types. It supports addition of text annotation, shapes, arrows and other objects. It is an easy-to-use tool that is also capable of capturing history of the screenshot images, and auto-saved images by giving them auto-names.

Webpage Screenshot

Webpage Screenshot is the original screenshot application for Google Chrome. It’s a much lighter alternative to the latest heavy editing tools mentioned above. Webpage Screenshot is benefiting when you need to take the full-page screenshots through automated scrolling. However, it also supports selective snapping. After downloading the tool, an icon will appear on the toolbar button of the website. You need to click on it to snap the visible area, or the full-page screenshot. The tool also allows image cropping and the basic annotations.

Now, having known about so many interesting Google Chrome extensions you can enhance your screenshot experience. By using these tools you can create professional screenshots for online tutorials, manuals, Word documents, promotion material, websites, emails, presentations and so on.

About the Author: Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve online tech support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of remote pc support and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe. Her writings on tech issues are the reflection of her in-depth interest and command she carries as a remote pc repair technician. Her blogs and articles have been rated high for their lucid style and easy to understand language.

About the Author

Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve computer security, with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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