Firefox Screenshots

Firefox Screenshots is a feature to capture visible parts of webpages, or even full web pages, and copy or save these images. (Changes were made to Firefox Screenshots in 2019. See this Mozilla blog post for details.)

To use Firefox Screenshots, click on the Page actions menu in the address bar and select screenshots menu icon Take a Screenshot from the drop-down.

Firefox Screenshots

Tip: You can also take a screenshot by right-clicking on a page and selecting Take a screenshot.

What types of screenshots can I capture?

There are several options for capturing screenshots:

  • Capture parts of a page: When you move the mouse cursor over the page, different parts of the page will be automatically highlighted. Click on the one you want to save.
  • Select a region of the page: Drag or click on the page to select a custom region of the page that you wish to capture. You can change the size and area to be captured using the marker points on the edge of the area.
  • Capture a full page: Select Save full page from the menu in the upper right.
  • Capture the visible part of a page: Select Save visible to save the area of the web page currently visible.

To view all of the screenshots you've captured, click My Shots or click on the Library 57 library icon button from your toolbar and select Screenshots.

How do I save my screenshots?

  • Download screenshots as image files: To download the area as an image (.png) file, click the down arrow icon Screenshots down arrow icon fx55 . The file will be saved to the same folder you use as Firefox's default download location.
  • Copy to clipboard: Click the copy button screenshot clipboard to save the image on your clipboard and paste it into another application later.
  • Cancel: To cancel your selection, click on the Cancel icon Screenshots cancel icon fx55 .

How do I disable Screenshots?

Advanced users only.

To disable Firefox Screenshots:

  1. In the address bar, type about:config and press EnterReturn.

    • The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear. Click I accept the risk! to continue to the about:config page.
  2. Type screenshots in the Search field.
    The You extensions.screenshots.disabled preference displays.
  3. Double-click this preference to set it to true.

Once you have toggled this preference, you are all set. Screenshots will no longer run in your browser.

Why doesn't Firefox Screenshots work on certain pages?

Screenshots should work on almost all web pages. Certain pages that contain the HTML <frameset> are not fully supported and may not be shootable.

Additionally, some pages with special permissions to modify Firefox, like Test Pilot and addons.mozilla.org, are unsupported due to strict security rules designed to prevent page manipulation.

Lastly, certain browser pages like the Firefox home and OptionsPreferences pages are not supported. These pages are built using a different language than the rest of the Web.

What data does Firefox Screenshots collect?

Firefox Screenshots collects event data in a manner consistent with the Firefox Browser Privacy Notice. We collect this data to learn how people use Screenshots so that we can make it better for everyone. You can view all of the events that we capture in this document.

Can I opt out of data collection?

Definitely. Screenshots consists of a web-based component and a browser-based component. Firefox’s OptionsPreferences are undergoing a remodel, so disabling metrics works slightly differently depending on which version of Firefox you’re using.

Disabling add-on data collection

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Click the Privacy & Security panel.
  3. Go to the Firefox Data Collection and Use section.
  4. Click the Allow Firefox to send technical and interaction data to Mozilla checkbox.

Disabling website data collection

Screenshots respects your browser’s Do Not Track setting to determine whether or not to collect website data. This applies to Firefox as well as other browsers that support Do Not Track.

  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Select the Privacy & Security panel.
  3. Set the Send websites a "Do Not Track” signal that you don’t want to be tracked toggle to Always.
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