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How to take scrolling screenshots of entire web pages in iOS 13's Safari for iPhone «iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks



Before iOS 11, a screenshot was just a screenshot, and there wasn't much you could do about it on your iPhone. Then came the screen editor, a powerful tool that Apple added to iOS with all kinds of useful selection tools. In the iOS 13 update, Apple's screen editor is even more powerful, and one of the best new features is its ability to take a picture of an entire web page in Safari.

However, there is a catch. Unlike regular screenshots, which save as PNG files, entire web page screenshots are saved as PDFs instead, something you can already do in older iOS versions by sharing the webpage to the "Create PDF" action in iOS 1

2, formerly called "Selection as PDF "in iOS 11 or by sending it to" Print "where you can convert it to PDF in iOS 10.

You cannot save PDF files in your Photos app, but you can save them wherever preferably in your File app, such as a folder in the local device "On my iPhone". The same goes for the older webpage-to-PDF actions, only iOS 13 will turn the feature directly into the screenshot tool for a more natural experience where the selection tools show up directly instead of being hidden behind another button.

The web page-to-PDF converter is a great way to stitch together images and save important articles (wink wink), short stories and other long reads on your device or iCloud, so you can check them offline at a later date time.

Step 1: Take a screenshot

Anywhere on a Safari web page, use the Volume Up + Side button on Face ID devices, Side + Home button on Touch ID devices, or AssistiveTouch for to take a screenshot of the site's content on the page.

At the bottom left is a preview of the screenshot of the screenshot – press it before it disappears, otherwise you will not be able to see the full screenshot of the entire page. By pressing the preview, the screenshot editing tools will pop up.

Step 2: View and edit full-page screenshots

At the top of the screen editor you will see tabs for "Screen" and "Full Page." The former is the default screenshot, which shows exactly what is on the screen when you took the screenshot. For the "Full Page" tab, it automatically merges the entire web page from start to finish.

You will see a type of scroll bar displayed with the section you are currently selected. Press and hold the highlighted section and move it down and up to scroll through the entire page screenshot. To edit the length of the screenshot, click on the crop icon in the upper toolbar and make adjustments as needed.

Right now it does not look like you can zoom in to get an exact crop directly and squeeze out the screen, you will only increase the image size but keep the crop in place and effectively cut important areas of the image. But you can make small crops in the long run and wait for the image to resize and then continue to do so, giving you more precision. You can always hit "Reset" if you do. When done, press "Done".

You can then make any other selection changes you want, such as writing the image, enlarging parts, adding shapes, drawing on it, and so on. There are also new Opacity and Ruler tools available in iOS 13.

Step 3: Share and save PDF Screenshot

Unfortunately, due to the length of the screenshot and file type, you cannot save it in Photos, but you can save it as a PDF in the Files app. Once you have edited the entire page screen, touch the Share icon in the top right corner to display the split sheet, aka Activity View.

Here you have options for sharing PDF via messages, AirDrop and Mail, to name a few. In the action list below the line of apps, you can press "Save to files" to do just that. When the Files module pops up, click the PDF name up next to the preview image to rename the document, if needed. Then select a destination, either "On My iPhone", "iCloud Drive", your server or a third party cloud service or a folder within one of these options and press "Save".

Tip: Whether you edit the screenshot on the entire page or not, press "Clear" action sheet with options for "Delete Screenshot" or "Save PDF to Files", where the latter is a shortcut to use the sharing sheet to save directly in the Files app.

Step 4: View PDF Screenshot in Files

View the full page screen, open the Files app and find the PDF file just like any other PDF file. Click on it to see it in full. You can use the selection tools via the icon in the upper right to draw the PDF file and the Share icon in the bottom left to share it, copy it, print it, save it in Dropbox and more.

Unfortunately, full-page screenshots just seem to work in Safari at the moment, so third-party browsers like Chrome and Firefox may not work, nor do web browsers in the app like the one built into the Reddit app. Let's hope this changes in the future to work system-wide in apps like Messages, WhatsApp, Firefox and more.

Cover photo and screenshots of Nelson Aguilar / Gadget Hacks [19659027]
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