Grab Entire Webpage or Window Contents (#1329)

By | January 15, 2020

So suppose you want to do a screen grab of
something that’s in say a browser window and it scrolls. For instance, this webpage here scrolls. There’s a lot of information that’s not visible
at the same time on the screen. So you want to do a screen capture of the
entire thing and then you have to do multiple screen captures or maybe get a special piece
software, there are several out there, that will do a screen capture of the entire contents
of a window. I get this question a lot from students that
have notes that are online and various online classroom systems and they need to save them
all, so they can view them off line. Well, it’s a lot easier than doing screen
shots. You can actually just export the entire contents
of a webpage. A lot of people don’t make that leap from
screen shots to actually saving the contents of a page. In Safari, for instance, you can go to File,
Export as PDF and then we can export a file, and it puts it here on my desktop. You can save it wherever you want. If I double click on it I can look inside
Preview and there is, over multiple pages, the contents of that webpage As a PDF, which
actually may be smaller and easier to read than as a series of screen shots. In fact, a PDF can easily be dropped into
iBooks or in other systems and read on different types of devices. So that’s really useful. You also have the ability to go Print and
then you can decide whether or not you want the backgrounds included because sometimes
dark backgrounds can, you know, kind of get in the way. You can take away headers and footers. Then you can do PDF and you can save it as
a PDF or just open it directly in Preview which is useful because then you can look
at it in Preview first and decide whether or not you need to save this and then save
it out there. So there’s several different ways to save
the entire contents of a webpage . Anything actually where you can print you can save
as PDF so not just webpages but other types of apps as well that you may want to save
the contents of an entire window. Note that on webpages a lot of times there’s
a different style sheet for printing than there is for viewing online. So when you print it may not look the same
as it does if you view it online. Hopefully it looks better because that’s the
whole idea of having those special style sheets for printing. If it doesn’t look as good then you may be
out of luck there. You may just have to use with whatever they’ve
got. I found one of the things that really works
well with webpages since they’re very horizontal is I go to Print and then I change to a horizontal
layout. Then I get something that looks a lot more
like the webpage itself than when I try to print with a very narrow vertical layout. I can still view this as a PDF just as easily.

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