When I press the "Print Screen" the output captures both desktops instead of one!

This problem existed since I updated to Ubuntu 13.10.enter image description here

Update: I opened "Displays" from "System Settings", and found "Built-in Display" and "Unknown Display".

  • Can you show a screenshot?
    – Seth
    Jan 27, 2014 at 18:09

2 Answers 2


When you have multiple screens connected, I assume that print-screen usually captures both monitors at the same. It happens to me even now though I'm on a 12.04 (LTS).

You have number of options to over come this but of course not just limited to Print screen.

  • You may use ALT+ Print screen (this will only capture the current active window but not the entire screens itself)
  • You may also use Screenshot app from dash menu, hit super (WIN) key & select Grab the current window (will take the last active window) or Select area to grab (required area can be selected) else the other options as required
  • Use Shutter Install shutter, pretty advanced screenshot application that lets you do a lot more than just take screenshots - including choosing where to save them

Source: How can I print-screen just one window and not my entire desktop?

  • I have only one physical screen. I am using ubuntu on a laptop. What is being captured is to desktops. Sorry for the misleading title. Jan 28, 2014 at 0:58
  • I'm still not clear with your question yet. Could you please edit your question and add more details explaining a little more with screen shot if possible.
    – AzkerM
    Jan 28, 2014 at 4:43
  • I have added a picture, this is the ouput of the Print Screen key. Jan 29, 2014 at 1:17
  • As your comment says that you've one physical screen but your image does seems that you've dual monitors connected (just an assumption). Pretty much confusing.
    – AzkerM
    Jan 29, 2014 at 5:33
  • I have opened "Displays" from "System Settings". I found two displays, Built-in Display and Unknown Display! Feb 3, 2014 at 14:19

In order to have the screenshot of one display, the "Unknown Display" should be turned off from the Display window which can be found in "System Settings".

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