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How to Capture a Screenshot in FireFox

Posted by on 28th Dec 2012 | 6 comments

As bloggers it’s always important for us to give examples and screenshots on our sites and blogs. Knowing how to grab a screenshot is one thing that many new bloggers struggle with, simple because they don’t know how.

One of the first things we need to know about any type of image or photo editing, is that times are changing and you no longer need to spend a few hundred dollars on the latest version of Photoshop to do simple image and graphic design work.

This applies even more so to people who are using FireFox as their browser!

With more and more people moving away from Internet Explorer and over to application/widget enhanced browsers like FireFox and Chrome, the ability to perform actions within the browser is increasing day by day.

Quick and Easy Screenshot Capture using Mac OS X

The first and most easiest way to take a screenshot of your desktop screen (when using Mac OS X) is to hold down the COMMAND and SHIFT button, then press the #3 button. This will then snap a shot of your screen and save the image directly to your desktop with a file named something like “Screen shot 2012-12-27 at TIME STAMP.png“.

Using FireFox Add-Ons for Screen Captures

As mentioned, FireFox has the ability for you to download add-ons which work within the browser. Screen capturing is just one of the creative and cool areas that add-ons are created for, but they are also made for virtually any other ideas or tasks that you might be able to think of.

Awesome Screenshot Plus is the most popular add on from the group with over 100,000 users and a 4 star rating from over 400 users. You can search for other screenshot add-ons through the FireFox site and see which you prefer to use. The add-ons are also free to download any use, you just need to download and use the FireFox browser.

How to Capture a Screenshot in FireFox

Adding Your Screen Capture to Your Blog

Screen Capture ToolsOnce you’ve setup your FireFox add-ons or modified your screen capture with your favorite editing software, you can add the image to your blog just like you would with any other image. One of the main reasons why bloggers like to use screen caps in their blog is so they can make notes and point out specific areas to the users who are reading their blog.

Another useful resource for editing your screen captures is the free image editing software (built within the browser) is http://pixlr.com.


Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

6 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by rahul sharma on 29th Dec 2012

    Very good article.This is very good mozila firefox extension for the snapshot..

  • Posted by Alex Dumpfree on 29th Dec 2012

    Very helpful tip! Thanks for sharing Zac. This become so easy in taking screenshots.

  • Posted by ebook library Chennai on 29th Dec 2012

    Nice tips for capturing the screen shorts. thanks for your post. this is vary useful.

  • Posted by alka on 29th Dec 2012

    i didn’t know about such this thing before. Thanks for sharing this information with us.
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  • Posted by OWTPK on 30th Dec 2012

    Thanks for sharing this post very helpful for me
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  • Posted by Online Marketing on 1st Jan 2013

    Hello, Exactly new here to start have a discussion, I am agree with the adviser and you may get screenshot by clicking a button on your keyboard, But it is not about Firefox,It will work for any kind of browser.You may have used screenshot for firefox.