Taking screenshots#

Keyboard shortcuts#

Most desktop environments come with a built–in screenshot facility. Try pressing the Print Screen button (often labeled with an abbreviation like “PrtScn”), and you might see the screen blink, hear a camera shutter sound, or get some other indication that a screenshot file is available. If this works other variants might be available:

  • Alt–Print Screen to capture only the currently–focused application

  • Shift–Print Screen to capture a custom rectangle of the screen

Ubuntu saves screenshots in the ~/Pictures directory.


This and many other tools offer convenient features beyond keyboard shortcuts:

  • gnome-screenshot --interactive opens a window to set up a screenshot.

  • gnome-screenshot --include-pointer includes the mouse pointer in the image.

  • gnome-screenshot --delay=5 waits for five seconds before taking the screenshot. This allows you to capture any process which would be broken by pressing a key, or to easily capture screenshots at an interval.

  • --file=FILE allows you to set a custom filename, which you could, for example, use in a loop to create sequential image files:


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