Opinion: No one needs a screenshot tool in a web browser
Many modern web browsers support screenshot functionality to capture screenshots without leaving the browser, but are these tools really necessary?
Firefox users right-click on a page to select the browser’s “take screenshot” feature, Edge users can also right-click or enable the Web Capture option in the main menu of the browser. Google is working on an editor screenshot feature that it plans to launch in future versions of the Chrome browser. Once in Chrome, it may become available in other Chromium-based browsers.
Screen capture looks like a handy feature in a browser at first glance. It’s built-in and ready to use whenever needed without having to rely on third-party tools or features provided by the operating system. Browser users can install extensions to get more options. You can check out our list of six popular screenshot extensions for Chrome to get started.
Critics of browser-based screenshot tools argue that there is no need for built-in tools and that browser makers should instead focus on improving the core of the browser. All modern operating systems support screenshot functionality by default, and these tools can be used to capture better screenshots.
In Windows, users can launch the Snipping Tool from the Start menu or using hotkeys to take screenshots. Mac OS users can open the Snipping Tool using keyboard shortcuts or the Launchpad to capture screenshots on their devices. Several Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, also support native screen capture tools. Opening these tools is usually as easy as opening the browser’s built-in tool. Most are accessible via hotkeys for quick access.
In addition to this, there are many third-party screen capture solutions that extend the basic functionality offered by these native tools. Programs like PicPick, ShareX, Lightscreen or Flameshot (Linux) offer more features and options. PicPick, for example, supports more screenshot modes and a powerful screenshot editor. ShareX supports screen recording and text recognition, as well as task downloading directly from its interface.
Browser-based screenshot tools are inferior to these third-party solutions, and even the OS’s built-in tools can have an advantage over them, given that you can’t use browser-based tools to capture screenshots. full browser interface. Some native OS tools support additional capture modes, such as the ability to capture delayed screenshots, that browser tools do not also support.
Screen capture options are available on most systems by default, even without installing any software. They offer better features than browser-based screen capture tools, both in terms of capture options and scope. Third-party tools extend this significantly by adding editing options and other functions to the process.
Are browser snipping tools included for feature parity purposes, or are they widely used by users of a particular browser. We don’t have statistics on the usage of browser screenshot tools, and it’s possible that users prefer the built-in solutions because they’re there when needed. Many may not know that they can also use the operating system’s screenshot tool for the same purpose.
Browser screenshot tools are not necessary in my opinion, as there are better tools readily available for the job.
Now you: do you use your browser’s screenshot tool or do you prefer other solutions?