How to take screen Shot in Ubuntu

  1. Particular window screen shot

  2. Twin view on only one monitor screen shot

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There is a program 'shutter' which is a fully featured screen shot application. If you don't have it installed then you should be able to get it by:

$ sudo apt-get install shutter

More simply you will likely have "Take Screeshot" under you Applications—>Accessories menu.

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    Unsuprisingly, once they changed the name to "Shutter" from "gscrot" it became a much better program.
    – Tyler
    Jul 25, 2009 at 22:35

Alt + Print Screen will capture the current window.

  • This is not working in ubuntu
    – joe
    Jul 24, 2009 at 17:53
  • really? it works for me. what version are you using?
    – DLH
    Jul 24, 2009 at 18:25
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    Worked for me from Warty to Jaunty and still does. Jul 25, 2009 at 22:10

By default, the Print Screen (Prt Sc) key on your keyboard takes a screen-shot of the entire screen. You can use Alt + Print Screen to take a screen-shot of the currently active Window.


hit the super-key and type "screenshot" (and hit enter)

than it will open a window and select "Grab the current window" to take a screenshot of a window or select "Select area to grab" to select an area.

hit the "Take Screenshot" button

"Grab the current window" take a screenshot from the last selected window "Select area to grab" to select an area by dragging your mouse (while pressing the left mouse button). save the file or copy it to your clipboard.

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