Gnome-screenshot is a utility used in the GNOME Desktop Environment for taking screenshots. It is a part of the GNOME Utilities package.

There's also Shutter, another GNOME application that not only takes screenshots, but provides different options to select the area of the screenshot, the window to be captured, etc. A similar application in KDE is KSnapshot.

With this application you can do the following:

  • Capture the whole desktop
  • Capture a single window or application
  • Save images in various file types
  • Time delay screenshots
  • Perform some image effects.

Basic Usage

Basic Usage

gnome-screenshot provides several options, including capturing the whole desktop or just a single window, a time delay function, and some image effects. Though the options require command line operation where other applications such as kSnaphot provide these features within the GUI.

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You can access this application in the following ways:

  • Computer ▸ More Applications ▸ Accessories section ▸ Take A Screenshot.
  • From the command line, type: 'gnome-screenshot '

Taking Screenshots

Taking Screenshots

You can take a screenshot in any of the following ways:

  • Use shortcut keys
    To take a screenshot, use the following shortcut keys:

    Default Shortcut Keys Function
    Print Screen Takes a screenshot of the entire screen.
    Alt+Print Screen Takes a screenshot of the window to which the mouse points.

  • You can use the Keyboard Shortcuts
    Use preference tool to modify the default shortcut keys.
    To edit a keyboard shortcut, perform the following steps:
    1. Click the action in the list. If you are using the the keyboard, use the arrow keys to select the shortcut and press Return.
    2. Press the new key or key combination you want to assign to the action.
    3. To clear a shortcut, press Backspace. The action is now marked as Disabled.
      To cancel assigning a shortcut, click elsewhere in the window or press Escape.

  • From the Menubar
  • Choose Applications ▸ Accessories ▸ Take Screenshot.

  • From the Terminal
    You can use the gnome-screenshot command to take a screenshot. The gnome-screenshot command takes a screenshot of the entire screen, and displays the Save Screenshot dialog. Use the Save Screenshot dialog to save the screenshot.

Using The Gnome-Screenshot Options

Using The Gnome-Screenshot Options

You can also use options on the gnome-screenshot command as follows:

Option Function Example
--window Takes a screenshot of the window that has focus.
gnome-screenshot --window
--delay=seconds Takes a screenshot after the specified number of seconds, and displays the Save Screenshot dialog.

Use the Save Screenshot dialog to save the screenshot.
gnome-screenshot --window --delay=4
--include-border Takes a screenshot including the border of the screen.
gnome-screenshot --include-border
--border-effect=shadow Takes a screenshot and adds a shadow bevel effect arround it.
gnome-screenshot --border-effect=shadow
--border-effect=border Takes a screenshot and adds a border effect arround it.
gnome-screenshot --border-effect=border
--help Displays the options for the command.
gnome-screenshot --help

When you take a screenshot, the Save Screenshot dialog opens. To save the screenshot as an image file, enter the filename for the screenshot and choose a location from the drop-down list.

Graphical Examples

Graphical Examples

  • In the first example, pressing the 'print screen' button will capture the entire screen and ask to save it in a location. (Fig1, first image)
  • In the 2nd example, pressing and holding down the key and then pressing print screen will capture a single window. The Window captured is the one which is in the forefront. (Fig1, second image)
  • The last example illustrates using the command line option to capture a Windows (in this case gnome-terminal), and generating a drop shadow around it. (Fig1, third image)

Figure 1

Further Information

Further Reading and Information

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