Firefox Screenshots

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Firefox Screenshots is a new feature to take, download, collect and share screenshots. To use it, click on the Page actions menu in the address bar and select screenshots menu icon Take a Screenshot from the drop-down menu. (Tip: You can also take a screenshot by right-clicking on a page and choosing Take a screenshot.)

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Firefox Screenshots is a new feature to take, download, collect and share screenshots. To use it, click on the Firefox Screenshots icon Fx55ScreenshotsIcon on the toolbar.

Don't see Screenshots? We are still testing this feature so not everyone will see it. Note: Firefox Screenshots currently will not work in Private Browsing. We are working to fix this for future releases.

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 top-right corner.
  • 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, choose My Shots or click on the Library 57 library icon button on your toolbar and choose Screenshots.

How do I save my screenshots?

  • Save screenshots online: Select the Save icon Screenshots save icon fx55 to save the image to the Firefox Screenshots service for access online at a later date. To access saved images click on the Firefox Screenshots icon Fx55ScreenshotsIcon and then select My Shots. By default, screenshots are saved for 14 days, but if you click on the expiry date, you have the option to change this.
  • 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 edit screenshots?

To annotate or recrop your screenshots, save them to the cloud first by clicking the Save icon Screenshots save icon fx55 . From here, the toolbar will appear:

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Click the pen icon to open the toolbar. From here, you can choose to from cropping, drawing, highlighting and color picking options.

How do I share a screenshot?

Share a screenshot you've just captured

Click the Share button in the menu that appears immediately after you take a screenshot:

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Share a screenshot you've already saved

  1. Click the Library icon 57 library icon .
  2. Click Screenshots.
  3. Hover over the screenshot you want to share until the button appears.
  4. Click the share button.
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How do I delete screenshots saved to My Shots?

To delete individual shots, just click the Trash icon, then confirm. This icon can be found on each shot page and by hovering on each shot thumbnail on the My Shots page.

In order to delete all of your shots at once, do the following:

  • Click on the Screenshots icon on your browser toolbar.
  • Click My Shots in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • On the My Shots page, click the link that says Remove All Data. On the subsequent screen, click Proceed.

How do I disable Screenshots?

Advanced users only.

If you want to disable Firefox Screenshots, do the following:

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

    • The about:config "This might void your warranty!" warning page may appear. Click I'll be careful, I promise!I accept the risk! to continue to the about:config page.
  • In the Search field, type in screenshots. You will see a preference called extensions.screenshots.disabled.
  • 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.

How do I retain screenshots if I move to another computer?

If you install Firefox on another computer, you will need to copy the complete Firefox profile if you wish to retain access to any saved screenshots. You can read more about how to do this here.

What happens when a shot expires?

By default, screenshots saved online will expire in two weeks. After they expire, the page to view the shot:

  • Will no longer display the image but will show the domain where the shot was taken.
  • If you visit your shot within two weeks of its expiration, you'll see an option to restore the image. After two weeks the image will be permanently deleted.

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.

Finally, 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.

I can't save screenshots to the cloud

If you're having trouble saving screenshots, check https://status.services.mozilla.com/ to see if the server is down. If it is, or if your system is down, you can still take, copy and download screenshots, but you can't save them to the cloud.

I'm always on Private Browsing (or never remember history) or ESR. Will Firefox Screenshots work?

While you can capture screenshots in the following settings, you cannot upload them. Downloaded screenshots will show up in your Downloads manager in Private Browsing when you click the Library 57 library icon button.

  • Private Browsing
  • When Firefox is set to Never remember history.
  • Extended Support Release (ESR)
  • You've disabled Firefox Screenshots by following the about:config instructions in a previous section.

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 in order to learn how people use Screenshots so we can make it better for everyone. You can view all of the events 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

If you are on Firefox 55:

  • Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  • Select the Advanced panel, then select the Data Choices tab.
  • Toggle off the Enable Firefox Health Report setting.

If you are on Firefox 56 or above:

  • Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  • Select the Privacy & Security panel.
  • Find the section labeled Firefox Data Collection and Use.
  • Uncheck Allow Firefox to automatically send technical and interaction data to Mozilla.

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 panel.
  3. Click the link that says Manage your Do Not Track settings.
  4. Check the box next to Always apply Do Not Track and click OK.
  1. Click the menu button New Fx Menu Fx57Menu and choose Options.Preferences.
  2. Select the Privacy & Security panel.
  3. Find the toggle labeled Send websites a "Do Not Track” signal that you don’t want to be tracked.
  4. Toggle the control to Always.
By using Firefox Screenshots, you agree to the Terms of Firefox Cloud Services.
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