How to take a screen shot under Ubuntu Hardy Heron

Asked by Philippe Rébeillé on 2008-08-03

I am a new user of Linux and just installed Ubuntu Hardy Heron. Which tool shall I use to take a screen shot and then save it as a file or paste it into a document?

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Best Trygve Vea (trygve-vea-gmail) said : #1

The easiest way to do this is by pressing the Printscreen key on your keyboard.

What should happen when pressing that key, is that gnome-screenshot starts - and asks you where you want to save the screenshot.

You can also use the Take Screenshot utility as a standalone application to grab only a window in stead of the entire screen.

I hope that helped :)

Regards, Trygve

As a new user I don't know yet all available utilities and where to find them

Thanks Trygve Vea, that solved my question.

- printscreen take all entire desktop
- alt+printscreen take the active window
You can also use the Application->Accessories->... Screenshot
to take a customized screen shot it have a timed function...

Hope this helps

Stefan Kottwitz (stefan.k) said : #5

With GIMP you could even select a region of the screen/window to grab: GIMP menu: Acquire -> Screenshot -> Select a region to grab.
FAQ #163: “How to take a screen shot under Ubuntu”.

rahuldev091 (rahul-subodh) said : #7

it is very easy in Ubuntu 12.10
Press "Prntscr" to capture full desktop.
Press "Alt+Prntscr" to capture a selected Window.
Press "Shift+Prntscr" to capture a specif region of desktop. [select manually].