Let's begin with... a 'print screen'

A screenshot, I mean.
The easiest thing to do in Ubuntu: to take screen-shots/screen captures. You don't need any graphic application or accessory program. just press 'Print Screen' key and save the image wherever you like. The result is outstanding. Let's see:

[click the image to view the full size]

As you can easily see, my Ubuntu is a little Mac-OS X look-alike. That's another the good news: your Ubuntu can look like whatever you want.


SOMS on 15 August 2008 at 08:30 said...

I want a snap of a specific window not the full screen?
Any suggestions

clarkej on 16 September 2008 at 16:25 said...

To capture a window's contents, select it (click on the window's title bar) then do Alt-PrintScreen on the keyboard.

A popup dialog then prompts for a name and location to write the (.png?) file.

You can view the file with say Image Viewer.

aluhring.1 on 28 July 2009 at 11:19 said...

What about like on macs? where you do a print screen by pressing like...apple shift and 4? THe difference is, on OSX it brings up a little crop tool and you can zero in on what it is you want to screen cap.

aluhring.1 on 28 July 2009 at 11:20 said...

is there something on ubuntu that can do that? because i need THAT right now. saving it and then gimping it is just too. much. work.

seth on 13 August 2009 at 21:30 said...

by default gnome only provides keyboard shortcuts for screenshots of the full screen and the current window. but the functionality is there ...

1. using a gui: main menu --> accessories -> "take a screenshot" :: choose "grab a selected area"

2. to set up a keyboard shortcut: main menu --> system --> preferences --> keyboard shortcuts. then click _Add a shortcut

name: interactive screenshot
command: gnome-screenshot -i

no key is set at this point. find the new command (probably at the bottom), and add a shortcut for it ... i used Ctrl-PrintScreen, but anything will work

Anonymous said...

thank you for this - very helpful!

DJCache said...

Thanks Seth. Exactly what I was looking for.

Peter on 3 March 2011 at 23:43 said...

Well, what I want seems impossible in Ubuntu: Capture a pulldown menu and the cursor. I tried all sorts of things, the only possibility is to run Ubuntu in a virtual machine and capture and edit the screenshots in the host. This very unfortunately is unlike Windows utility's like Sourceforge's Greenshot. In ubuntu pressing Printscreen and it's variants does nothing, the clipboard stays empty...
The cursor would be nice but for good documentation writing the pull down menus can be vital.

seth/nqzero on 4 March 2011 at 00:48 said...

peter - "gnome-screenshot -i" should do what you want (at least it does on my machine)

open gnome-screenshot, choose a delay (eg, 5 seconds) and to capture the pointer, click "take" ... then open the menus and position the pointer where you want it

gnome can do what you want. however, i don't think it's a good idea - have pity the readers of you docs and use a shorthand, eg Files->Tools->Extensions




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