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) – Peter Mortensen 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

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.


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.. – Anders Hansson Feb 26 '14 at 10:06

View the available short-cuts under

Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Screenshots

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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 – CommonSenseCode 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

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.

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