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The Screen shot plugin enabled from Compiz Config Settings Manager doesn't work properly. The screen shots of the selected areas get overshadowed with blue color..

Not as clear of a screen shot as I would get in previous Ubuntu versions.

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    Bump.Annoying problem for a great simple tool. – Charles Kane May 28 '11 at 6:36
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    +1 ... Following this question closely and waiting for a solution... – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Jun 1 '11 at 15:47
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This is a known bug in Compiz: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/compiz/+bug/771875

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I'm sorry you are getting this problem, but as tshirtman points out, it is a known bug. What you should probably do is install shutter or lookit and use them for taking screenshots.

In both applications you can even use the same (or at least a similar) shortcut.

P.S. I will add further instructions later.

  • had to dig through a lot of crud on google just to find the name of a program that could take selective screenshots. thanks for suggesting 'shutter'. works great! – mpen Aug 15 '11 at 21:51
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Alternatively you can use the Take Screenshot tool, which is installed by default. When you run this from the dash you can choose the option to capture a selected area.

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Shortcuts are Print for the whole screen and Alt+Print for the active window.

You can select an area to capture directly with the command gnome-screenshot -a after pressing Alt+F2. You could create a shortcut for this (i. e. Ctrl+Print), but as I try this here it doesn't seem to work fluently - sometimes I have to press for a second or two. (Problem described here)


In Ubuntu 12.04 Precise the Screenshot section in System SettingsKeyboardShortcuts became enhanced. Press Shift+Print to take a screenshot of a selected area. This works without any problems.

  • Even though this is a straight forward method or an alternative, still the Compiz screenshot is simple and quick. I don't like to discard it anyways. – mythicalcoder Apr 8 '12 at 10:14
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    In 12.04 this is as simple and quick like Compiz: Just press Shift+Print. You don't need to install or configure anything before. – Jakob Apr 10 '12 at 21:10
  • It is quite a long time now. Still I had to move back to 11.04 for sometime. Now I have fully into 12.04. Yes, It is a good modification for 12.04 version. It is not a straight away drag, first the cross-hair need to appear and then we drag or is there another way to do that !! – mythicalcoder Jun 25 '13 at 11:49
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Unity is the reason for me. When I disable Unity Panel or when I switch to Ubuntu Classic, the screenshot by +Button1 works superb.

The Ubuntu Unity Plugin is a real problem that serves to make a blue overlay on screen shots. It has some kind of conflict with Screenshot feature.

Also I feel that Avant Window Navigator (AWN) is real good replacement for Unity. Now I can take screenshots with Inbuilt compiz feature.

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