Below is all I see when I take a screenshot using the Print Screen key on my desktop. The application that pops up with the option to save/copy the screenshot is just called "Screenshot". I also had this problem on a previous version of Ubuntu, but then only saw a black screen.

I'm using VirtualBox to run this VM, but I'm not sure if that's the problem.

Has anyone else experienced this?

What I see when I try to take a screenshot

  • What tool are you using for a screenshot ? If the command line, what command did you run ? – Panther May 14 '14 at 19:23
  • Sorry, that was pretty useful information I missed! Updated the question to mention that I use the print screen key. – Shane May 14 '14 at 19:27
  • What is your host OS and ignoring screen shots does it look normal otherwise? – Warren Hill May 14 '14 at 20:08
  • The host machine is Windows 8. Everything else works wonderfully. – Shane May 14 '14 at 20:44

It appears to be a bug in Virtualbox


A potential work around is to use VBoxManage, a command line tool, on the HOST

VBoxManage controlvm virtual_machine_name screenshotpng Ubuntu.png 

You could try taking a screenshot from within the guest (gnome screenshot) and transfer the image to the host (shared folders).

If that fails, probably have to wait for a bug fix.

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