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How to take a scrolling screenshot on Windows 10

Screenshot apps are very common and some of the best ones are free. They offer fairly good annotation and image editing tools, and even screenshot scheduling but they often fall short if you need to take a scrolling screenshot on Windows 10. Most of these apps, the free ones at least, tend to provide this sort of screenshot for browsers only. If you need to take a scrolling screenshot of  a browser, you can do so via an add-on or an extension. For desktop apps though, we recommend using PicPick.

PicPick is free for individual use and it does the job really well. It has auto scroll which means you only have to start taking a screenshot, and tell the app when to stop.

Need to disable screenshots on your system? There’s an app for that.

Take a scrolling screenshot

Download, install, and run PicPick. The start screen (which looks a bit too much like Microsoft Word) will offer you the option to take a scrolling screenshot. The app also supports hotkeys for this that you can customize from the options. You can access options from this same screen.

Activate the scrolling screenshot feature and then select the scrolling region. I tried this out with File Explorer and with a folder that had 333 files in it. As you can imagine, that is a lot of scrolling.

Click inside the scroll area and the app will take care of the rest.

When the app scrolls to the end of the window, it opens the screenshot in its built-in editor. You can edit it if you want, or you can save it as it is. The screenshot below shows the image that was captured has a height of 12524px.

The screenshot features only the scrollable area which means the File Explorer interface is not included. If you want to include the interface, you’re going to have to screenshot it and stitch the two images together.

PicPick can only scroll areas that it recognizes as scrollable so there may be some apps where it doesn’t work. You can use this for desktop apps, and also for any browser.

PicPick isn’t the only free app that offers scrolling screenshots. You will find one or two other recommendations if you do a cursory search online however, we’ve tested the most popular ones and found that PicPick offered the most reliable solution and its auto scroll works great. Some apps that can take a scrolling screenshot will leave the job of stitching the images together to the user while PicPick does everything for you.

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