Linux – How to Take a Screenshot



If you’re a prime Windows user and you’ve suddenly made the jump towards the Linux operating system by whatever reason, then you might be confused as to how the screenshot feature works. In the Windows OS, all you have to do is press on the Print Screen key on your keyboard and the image will be placed into the system’s clipboard to be pasted in an application. But in Linux, there are a bunch of ways to get an image of your screen, or even just a portion of it.

Linux - How to Take a Screenshot

Taking a Screenshot in the Linux Operating System

Step 1 – The first thing you can try in taking a screenshot while using the Linux OS is to use GNOME Screenshot, which is Ubuntu’s default tool in this regard. To use the tool, you might have to install it first if you don’t have it yet. In order to install, just head to your distribution’s package manager and search for it. Once you’ve properly downloaded and installed it, the process now becomes simple. Hitting the Print Screen key on your keyboard will open up a dialog box, and in it will let you choose if you want to grab the whole screen, the current window, or a particular area. Once you’ve selected your choice, hit the “Take Screenshot” button and you can either save the image in your computer’s directory, or just copy it to your clipboard.

Step 2 – Another way to take screenshots in the Linux operating system is to do it with KDE’s Spectacle. With this tool, you will be able to gain more control as compared to just using the GNOME Screenshot utility. With Spectacle, this is the default screenshot tool for Kubutnu 16.04, as well as other KDE Plasma based distributions. With it, you will be able to capture the entire screen, just a particular window, a specific monitor, a manually selected region, or even a dialog/popup window that you will specify. If you want to make use of Spectacle but don’t have it, you can head on to your distribution’s package manager to download and install it.

Step 3 – If you want to feel more like a developer, then you can capture screenshots in Linux with just the use of the command line. To do this, use the scrot and maim commands. The latter is more of an all-in-one tool for command line screenshots because you will be able to add delay, region selection, quality control, thumbnail generation, and so much more.


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