[Tip] How to Use “Take a Screenshot” Feature in Mozilla Firefox

A few months back, in our exclusive Mozilla Firefox Nightly updates topic we told you about the new "Take a Screenshot" (also known as "Firefox Screenshots" or "PageShot") feature introduced in Firefox 55.0 version.

Check out the Update 93 given in following topic for more details:

Mozilla Firefox Nightly Builds Updates

This new feature allows users to take a web page screenshot and then you can save the screenshot on your computer or online and share it with others.

To take a screenshot, you need to click on the Scissors icon present in the toolbar. It'll launch Firefox Screenshots tool.


PS: If you can't find the Scissors icon on toolbar, right-click on the toolbar and select Customize option. On the customize toolbar window, you'll find the Scissors button in the available tools and features list. Drag-n-drop the button on the toolbar. If you can't find the button in customize toolbar window, check out the IMPORTANT NOTE given at the end of this article.

Now you can highlight and capture any desired portion of the web page or capture the entire page.


After selecting the portion of the web page, you can click on the Download button to save the screenshot on your computer. If you want to save the screenshot on Firefox website, you can click on the Save button and the screenshot will be automatically saved on Firefox Screenshots website and a URL will be given to share the screenshot with others.


You can also download the screenshot on your computer. If you don't like the screenshot, you can delete it permanently using the Recycle Bin button given at the website.

You can check all your screenshots using "My Shots" button present in the Firefox Screenshots toolbar.

IMPORTANT NOTE: [Enable Firefox Screenshots Feature if Disabled]

If you don't have the Firefox Screenshot's Scissors button on toolbar and in customize toolbar window, it might be possible that the feature has not been enabled in your Firefox installation. You'll need to manually enable the feature using Firefox's advanced configuration page (about:config).

Check out following step to enable Firefox Screenshots feature:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox and type about:config in the addressbar and press Enter. It'll show you a warning message, click on "I accept the risk!" button.

2. Now type extensions.screenshots in Search filter box and it'll show some result in the window.

3. Look for extensions.screenshots.system-disabled preference. Its value would be set to true. Double click on the preference and it'll change its value to false. Alternatively, you can right-click on the preference and select Toggle option.


That's it. Now you'll be able to add Firefox Screenshots button (Scissors icon) to the toolbar using customize toolbar window.


If you can't see extensions.screenshots.system-disabled preference in about:config page, the preference name would be extensions.screenshots.disabled. The preference name has been changed in newer Firefox versions.

BONUS TIP: [Disable Firefox Screenshots Feature]

If Firefox Screenshots feature is enabled in your web browser but you want to disable it. You can set the extensions.screenshots.system-disabled preference or extensions.screenshots.disabled preference to true in about:config page and it'll immediately disable Firefox Screenshots feature.


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