Capture a Scrolling Area

Capture the entire contents of a web browser or application window including the content that extends beyond the visible area in the window.

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Snagit’s scrolling capture allows you to take screenshots of entire webpages, long documents, wide spreadsheets, and any other window on your screen that requires scrolling to see everything in it.

There are two ways to capture a scrolling area:

  • Panoramic Capture: Manually scroll a window horizontally or vertically to capture only the desired area of the window or web browser. Select this option for greater control and to avoid cropping unwanted edges of the captured image.
  • Scrolling Arrows: Automatically scroll a window horizontally, vertically, or in both directions to capture the entire contents of the window or web browser.

Panoramic Capture

Panoramic capture allows you to scroll up, down, or side-to-side to capture long web pages and documents or wide windows such as spreadsheets. It offers more control than automatic scrolling to precisely capture only the desired portion of a window.

  1. In the Capture window, select the All-in-One tab.
    All-in-One tab
  2. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen (Windows) or Control+Shift+C (Mac).
    Capture button
  3. The orange crosshairs appear. Click and drag to select an area within a window on the screen. See Selection Area Tips.
  4. Click the Panoramic Capture button.
    Panoramic button
  5. On the Panoramic toolbar, click the Start button.
    Panoramic Start button
  6. Use the window scroll bars or mouse wheel to scroll the content you want to capture. Snagit captures anything shown within the selected area. See Scrolling and Panning Tips.
  7. To stop a Panoramic Capture, click the Stop button on the Panoramic toolbar.
    Panoramic toolbar
    If the toolbar is hidden, click the Capture window icon in the taskbar.
    Capture icon in Windows taskbar

The capture opens in Snagit Editor where you can preview, edit, and share the capture.

Tip: Save time with the Panoramic Scrolling preset and a custom hotkey.

By default, Snagit Capture includes a preset for Panoramic Scrolling capture. For details about capture presets and how to assign a keyboard shortcut, see Save Capture Settings as Presets.

Selection Area Tips

  • Resize the web browser or application window to a larger size so it is easier to view the content as you scroll or pan during capture.
  • Do not include the scroll bar in the selection.
  • Consider excluding irrelevant content in the capture such as blank margins, online ads, etc.
  • Disable floating toolbars before capture.

Scrolling and Panning Tips

  • Scroll smoothly. Do not scroll too fast or slow.
  • Scroll or pan one direction at a time. Try not to zigzag.

Scrolling Arrows

  1. Open or set up what you want to capture.
  2. In the Capture window, click the All-in-One tab.
    All-in-One tab
  3. Click the Capture button or press Print Screen (Windows) or Control+Shift+C (Mac).
    Capture button
  4. The orange crosshairs appear. Move the cursor over the window. If Snagit detects that it can scroll automatically, Scrolling Arrows appear.
    Click an arrow to scroll
  5. Click an arrow to take a capture of the horizontal scrolling area, vertical scrolling area, or the entire scrolling area.

The capture opens in Snagit Editor where you can preview, edit, and share the capture.

Note: Scrolling Arrows may not appear if the application, browser, or website does not support automatic scrolling, or if scrolling capture is not enabled.

To make sure scrolling is enabled on Mac, select Snagit menu > Preferences > Capture tab > Fix Capture Permissions. Click Enable for the Scrolling Capture option.

If you continue to experience issues capturing automatically with Scrolling Arrows:
Windows: See Scrolling Arrows Do Not Appear When Capturing Google Chrome With Snagit.
Mac: See Scrolling Capture Failed.

Note: This tutorial is for Snagit version 2023. Previous versions may look or function differently.