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Mozilla starts rolling out screenshot tool on Firefox Stable

Several months ago, Mozilla added its screenshot tool to its Nightly release, now it appears as though the browser maker is willing to allow Firefox stable users to use the tool. The add-on isn’t available for all users just yet but it is for others. Once enabled it’ll get added to the area near the home button but doesn’t show up as a third-party add-on in the extensions settings pane.

If you can't wait for it to be enabled for you, you can switch it on yourself by doing the following (taking care not to mess with any other settings):

  1. Go to about:config
  2. Click the I accept the risk! button on the warning page, if it appears
  3. Search for extensions.screenshots.system-disabled
  4. Double click the matching row to toggle the value from true to false
  5. Close the browser tab and restart Firefox

The handy tool differs from other screenshot tools in that it will only capture web content but it makes capturing page elements super easy by automatically locking to them as you mouseover the webpage. Additionally, if you want to define a different part of the page to capture, simply click and drag.

Once you’ve got what you want to capture you are given three options – cancel, download, or save to the cloud. Saving to the cloud will automatically upload your image to your My Shots page and gets tagged with the webpage you took the clip from. By default, the image is set to expire after 14 days but you can change this from 10 minutes to indefinitely if you want to keep it for a shorter or longer period of time.

The Firefox Screenshots online album gives you the ability to download the image locally, delete the image, or share it easily to Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Options to add it as an email attachment and copy a shareable link are also available.

If you’ve been using Firefox Screenshots, there is a handy ‘Remove All Data’ option at the bottom of the webpage which will clear your album, which is a nice to have feature.

The rollout does appear to be staggered but if you’re running the latest Firefox 55 release it could be added to your browser at any time.

Image via Mozilla (Medium)

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