How to take Screenshots in Firefox Nightly without using extensions?

 I’ve been using Firefox Nightly as my default web browser for a long time. It is a version with daily updates that allows us to test state-of-the-art technology. In addition to containers, and in general being more agile and lighter than stable Firefox, I recently started using a new feature: Taking screenshots.

Until not so long ago, I used either an extension, or GIMP for captures of particular things. But in the case of wanting a complete capture of an entire page, I used the Firefox Nimbus extension. The truth is that it offered much more features than I needed.

But this is no longer necessary since a recent version of Firefox Nightly. When updating our browser we will see a new icon in the top bar:

Firefox – Take screenshot

  1. The first time we see this icon, it will show us a tutorial on how to use the screenshot:
  2. Take, save and share screenshots without leaving Firefox
  3. Take, save and share screenshots without leaving Firefox
  4. Capture only what you want – Click and drag to capture only a portion of a page. You can also float to highlight your selection
  5. Capture only what you want – Click and drag to capture only a portion of a page. You can also float to highlight your selection
  6. Save your images to the web for easier sharing, or download them to your computer. You can also click on My Shots to find all the images you have captured
  7. Save your images to the web for easier sharing, or download them to your computer. You can also click on My Shots to find all the images you have captured
  8. Use the buttons in the upper right corner to capture the visible area of ​​a window or capture the entire page
  9. Use the buttons in the upper right corner to capture the visible area of ​​a window or capture the entire page

As you can see, we can capture a particular area, the visible part of a page in our browser or the entire page. As has been the case for quite some time in Firefox development tools, we can also select to capture an HTML node. The capture interface is quite simple and intuitive, and includes an animation to follow the mouse cursor that resembles xeyes:
Firefox Screenshots

Firefox Screenshots

This feature is based on PageShot, part of Firefox’s Test Pilot. Test Pilot is a Firefox extension that allows us to test experiments that may or may not be eventually incorporated into the browser.

When captures are saved, they are uploaded to a Mozilla domain at screenshots.mozilla.com. From there we can share the links publicly. Anyway, the images have an expiration date. Regarding privacy, Mozilla comments: We save your captures on Mozilla’s servers and we will have access to those images. However, we will access your images only when it is reasonably necessary for the operation of the service, such as when someone sends us a link to an image using our “report” feature, or to diagnose problems. We will also analyze all captures to improve Page Shot, for example, identifying the average size and number of images captured by users. It should be noted that publishing them publicly to that server is optional, and we can choose to download the captures.

A very useful feature that we hope will remain in Firefox. I suggest you try Firefox Nightly to be aware of this and more new features in the browser.

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