I'm not really sure since I'm still new to Linux distros in general


Just press the Print Screen key.

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You may find the Pictures in your Home Picture folder, this will normally work with any operative system.

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    Modifier keys "Shift" and "Ctrl" can also be useful... (screenshot of current window and user-selectable rectangle, respectively) Jul 21 '16 at 16:31
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    I tried that but nothing happened. What am I doing wrong?
    – fukanchik
    Sep 6 '16 at 0:03
  • You need to go to ~/Pictures/ using the Files program and look for a file named Screenshot from 2020-02-14 12-09-09.png
    – 42-
    Feb 15 '20 at 16:48
  • What about for Mac's? All of these suggestions assume a Print or Prnt Scrn key. Feb 20 '20 at 14:21
  • @fukanchik in Lubuntu, the image is saved in /home/yourusername as something like 2020-03-29-122645_1366x768_scrot.png
    – rdtsc
    Mar 29 '20 at 18:01

Shift + Print Screen allows you to print a selection of the screen.

Print Screen alone will take a screenshot.

Hold SUPER (The Windows Icon on you keyboard) to display all key shortcuts. (Only worked in Gnome 2.x)

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    Oh I didn't know about the windows key! Mar 25 '15 at 14:43
  • What do you mean by "print"? Copy to the clipboard? Copy it to a file? Or something else? May 18 '20 at 0:03
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    holding the windows key doesn't work for me (Ubuntu 20.04)
    – stochastic
    Mar 8 at 15:33
  • I think holding SUPER/WIN to display shortcuts is actually Unity desktop feature, not MATE/Gnome 2 or Gnome 3. Jul 16 at 6:30

View the available short-cuts under

Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Screenshots


Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard

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If you have less options view Create custom short-cuts

If you would like to use a tool you may want to use Gimp, Shutter, etc. View more in This thread

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    As of Ubunutu 14.04 "screenshot of window" only takes the part in the current workspace. For example if your window spans more than one visible workspace, because it is longer or wider, then only the picture is cropped to the current workspace.
    – Tino
    Feb 23 '16 at 17:51
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    thanks also worked for me, new ubuntu upgrade just changed a bit the layout: imgur.com/a/KWt19 Nov 2 '17 at 9:35
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    Great tip! FYI, on Ubuntu 18.04 (and maybe earlier, too) this is Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard
    – matb
    Jul 12 '18 at 1:42

You can use "shutter" for taking a snapshot of a selected area. You need to do

sudo apt-get install shutter
  • I've moved to this due to gnome-screenshot adding an orange tint to the background of selections on Ubuntu 16.04
    – M1ke
    Jan 13 '17 at 10:01

Open Dash (upper icon on the launcher) and search screenshot.

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    Thanks. I'm running Linux in a VM under OSX and my keyboard does not have a Prt Scr key.. Feb 26 '14 at 10:06

Use GIMP. Launch GIMP and go to “File”->”Create”->”Screenshot”. Choose to capture a single window (with/without window border), the entire screen (with/without mouse pointer) or a specific region of the screen. Click on the “Snap” button to start capturing.

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    This is rather heavyweight for the task..
    – Quelklef
    Jul 2 '18 at 12:36

You can refer this from Ubuntu documentation on taking screenshots:

Take a screenshot

  1. Open Screenshot from the Activities overview.
  2. In the Screenshot window, select whether to grab the whole screen, the current window, or an area of the screen. Set a delay if you need to select a window or otherwise set up your desktop for the screenshot. Then choose any effects you want.
  3. Click Take Screenshot.
  4. If you selected Select area to grab, the pointer changes into a crosshair. Click and drag the area you want for the screenshot.
  5. In the Save Screenshot window, enter a file name and choose a folder, then click Save. Alternatively, import the screenshot directly into an image-editing application without saving it first. Click Copy to Clipboard then paste the image in the other application, or drag the screenshot thumbnail to the application.

Keyboard shortcuts

Quickly take a screenshot of the desktop, a window, or an area at any time using these global keyboard shortcuts:

  • Prt Scrn to take a screenshot of the desktop.

  • Alt+Prt Scrn to take a screenshot of a window.

  • Shift+Prt Scrn to take a screenshot of an area you select.

When you use a keyboard shortcut, the image is automatically saved in your Pictures folder in your home folder with a file name that begins with Screenshot and includes the date and time it was taken.


Taking it and saving it to ~/Pictures

  • Print - Take a screenshot
  • Alt + Print - Take a screenshot of a window
  • Shift + Print - Take a screenshot of an area

Taking it and copying it to clipboard

(just add Ctrl to the shortkeys above)

  • Ctrl + Print - Take a screenshot
  • Ctrl + Alt + Print - Take a screenshot of a window
  • Ctrl + Shift + Print - Take a screenshot of an area

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