Taking Web page screenshots is a common task for IT professionals, developers, and even non-tech workers. And while there are plenty of stand-alone screenshot applications and even built-in OS tools, Firefox users have a third option-Add-ons. Here are five Firefox Add-ons that let you take, edit, and even share screenshots of a Web page.

Note: Firefox and the following Add-ons are continuously updated. Check the developer comments on each plugin’s Mozilla Web page to ensure it will work with your version of Firefox.

Screengrab

Screengrab is the most popular Firefox screenshot plugin with 25,379 weekly downloads as of this writing. It allows you to capture what’s visible in the current browser window, an entire page, a section of the page, or a specific frame.

You can save the image as a JPEG or PNG file or copy it to the clipboard. Screengrab doesn’t have many options, but it gets the job done.

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FireShot

Using FireShot, you can capture the page’s visible portion or the entire page. You can save the output image as a PNG, GIF, JPEG, or BMP file. You can also send the image to a printer, copy it to the clipboard, add it to an email, or even edit the image with FireShot’s external editor. FireShot has lots of features, but these can be a bit overwhelming if you’re just looking for Add-on that takes screenshots.

Although FireShot works well, I have two issues with this screenshot Add-on. First, there’s a “Check PC for errors” option at the bottom of the tool’s dropdown menu. Clicking this link immediately prompts you to download RegistryBooster from Uniblue. I understand FireShot’s developer wanting to make a profit, but this is a bad way to go about it. At the very least, the link should take you to the RegistryBooster web site and not prompt you to down the application’s EXE file. Second, FireShot is only available for Windows.

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Pixlr Grabber

Pixlr Grabber is available as a Firefox or Chrome extension or Windows application and was developed by the creators of Pixlr Editor (an online image editing application) and Pixlr Imm.io (an online image sharing service).

The Pixlr Grabber Firefox add-on lets you capture an entire Web page, a portion of the page, or the visible area currently being displayed by the browser. You can edit the captured image through the online Pixlr Editor, upload it to the Imm.io service, save it to your machine, or copy it to the clipboard.

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Screen Capture Elite

Screen Capture Elite from Grizzly Ape, lets you capture a selection of the active page, the portion shown by the browser or the whole page. You can save the page as a JPEG or PNG file or copy it to the clipboard. One of Screen Capture Elite’s most interesting features is the shading used when selecting a portion of the page.

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Pearl Crescent Page Saver Basic

I’ve been using Pearl Crescent Page Saver Basic for over a year. It lacks an editor, but it’s easy-to use and allows you to save Web page images as JPEG or PNG files. You can scale the output image, format the file’s name, and capture Flash content.

Using the plugin’s button, located on Firefox’s Navigation Toolbar, you can easily capture the visible portion of Web page that’s currently displayed or the entire page. You can also configure a keyboard shortcut for taking screenshots.

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