How to Capture a Web Page Picture

By Filonia LeChat

The next time you see a picture on the Internet that makes you smile, make a copy of it to keep for yourself. Similar to if you were standing in front of a billboard on the street and held up your camera to take a snapshot, you can capture a web page picture with a single computer click. With the sheer diversity of pictures on the Internet, you'll find items to use as a desktop background, avatars and icons, printable stationery and even bookmark designs. In just a few moves, you'll have web page image inspiration.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection
  • Word processor
  • Graphics software (optional)

Step 1

Open your Internet browser and navigate to a web page which has a picture to capture.

Step 2

Zoom in to just the picture on the page by pulling down your zoom menu, which may be in the bottom right corner of your screen, and increasing the size to 400 percent or the amount that frames just the picture on your monitor if you'd like. Otherwise, you will capture the entire web page the picture is on.

Step 3

Press and hold down your "Ctrl" key and at the same time, press the "Print Screen" button on the keyboard. The "Print Screen" button shares the same key as the "SysRq" button, which is above the "Insert" button on the right side of the screen.

Step 4

Open a word processing document. When a new blank page defaults in, press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys to paste in the captured web page picture. Save the file or add any other text.

Cropping the Picture (Optional)

Step 1

Open a graphics software program such as Photoshop, Paint or Lightroom.

Step 2

Open a new page in the program and press "Ctrl" and "V" to paste in the copied part of the web page.

Step 3

Use the program's "Crop" tool to crop out just the picture, removing the Internet breadcrumb bar, toolbar buttons, task bar at the bottom of your screen and any other screen detritus.

Step 4

Save the file to your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are software programs you can use to capture screen programs in a more sophisticated way. They allow you precise positioning on the screen and you can select the area to copy. Programs such as SnagIt, CaptureIt and Camtasia offer free trials you can experiment with before making any purchases, if you plan to do a lot of web capturing.
  • Capturing a web page picture through this process will not put you in any kind of legal trouble, but what you do with the image could. If you intend to reuse the image, in any portion or its entirety, you may be subject to copyright infringement. The image on the web page may be already copyrighted by the owner. Your best bet is to contact the web master or the page owner and ask permission to use the image if you intend to reproduce it anywhere.