How to Do A Screenshot in Gnome
Gnome is one of the more popular Linux iterations that run on many of the world’s personal computers. The number of gnome users is small compared to other operating systems like iOS and Windows (Vista, XP, and 7). However, Gnome is pretty much one of the lesser known Linux versions and one that has smaller number of users than Ubuntu. Because of this, information on how to take a screenshot in Gnome is quite scarce. There are many articles in the Internet that you can search about but they only refer to small applications that you can download to take the screenshot. Though this method might be applicable and more convenient, taking a screenshot using your OS’s natural process is better. Here, we compiled some of the ways that you can take a screenshot of your desktop or computer running Linux Gnome.
- In other operating systems, say Windows, users need to press the PrtScr and then open a photo editing software (Paint) and then paste or Ctrl+V. In Linux, these particular method is still applicable but is implemented with a different twist. Screen capture in Linux words by pressing the PrtScr key. Also, since Gnome has several desktops, you can press Alt + PrtScr to get the screenshot of the desktop or active window that you want. Open GIMP and paste the captured image.
- The second option is to take a screenshot using the command line. Go to your Gnome’s command line (command prompt in Windows). Once there, type in gnome-panel-screenshot –window –delay 5. The delay in the line means that Gnome will take a screenshot of the active window after 5 seconds. If you need to open an application or do something before the screenshot, simply adjust the delay time.
- Another method of capturing a screenshot in the command line is through ImageMagick. In this method, you have to make sure that your computer has imagemagick installed. Most Linux operating systems come with this but if your computer has none then you can type in import –version. You will see the ImageMagick version number if it is installed. If you cannot find it then type in sudo apt-get imagemagick. Next, type import MyScreenshot.png. Your computer will beep one time and this marks that a screenshot has been made. To view the captured image, type eog MyScreenshot.png in the terminal. Eog means the “Eye of Gnome” and it lets you view the image you have just captured. If you wanted to delay the screenshot for a few seconds then you can type sleep10: import –window root MyScreenshot.png instead of the other one. Sleep 10 indicates that the computer will wait for 10 seconds before doing the screenshot.
Several methods of doing a screen capture exist for Linux users. The decision remains with the user what option to make and this would mean choosing the easiest and most convenient decision there is. Most probably you will choose the PrtScr method.