Google’s web browser embeds a screenshot module disabled by default. Here’s how to get it and use it right now.
You may not know it, but, like Firefox, the Google Chrome web browser includes a screenshot module. The tool, disabled by default, has been in testing for several months (Google introduced it in Chrome 98) and can be activated within the hidden menu dedicated to the browser’s experimental features.
As a reminder, Chrome includes a secret page in which are grouped all the experimental functions being tested in the browser. While some end up being permanently adopted and integrated into Chrome updates, others can disappear overnight without ever being added to the browser.
After activating the capture module in Chrome, you will be able to very easily take screenshots directly from the web browser, within an open tab on a web page. A new dedicated button will indeed be integrated into the address bar of Chrome. You can, a priori, take advantage of this feature on Windows and macOS versions of Google’s web browser.
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1. Access the experimental functions
Open a Chrome window on your computer, then go to chrome://flags.
2. Look for the corresponding “flags”
Once on the page dedicated to flagsenter the word ” screenshots in the search field provided.
3. Activate the “flags”
In principle, you should see two proposals: Desktop Screenshots and Desktop Screenshots Edit Mode.
For each of these options, click on the drop-down menu displayed on the right, and change the value Default to pass it on Enabled. Then click on the button Relaunch to restart Google Chrome.
4. Take a screenshot
Now that the feature is enabled in your browser, you should be able to use it right away. To do this, go to a web page, then click on the share button in the address bar of the browser, then in the window that appears, select the module Screenshot.
The active page should then gray out and the mouse cursor turn into a selection cross. Then select the area of the web page you want to capture by holding down the mouse click and then releasing it.
A pop-up then indicates that the screenshot taken is copied to your computer’s clipboard. However, you can click the button To download to directly save the image (in PNG format) in the directory Downloads where files downloaded from Chrome are automatically saved.