Tuesday, December 15, 2015

How to take screenshot on Lubuntu

Sometimes you need to take screenshot of something on your computer to show it to other people, normally you just hit a few keyboard keys to take screenshot, but is there a better way to do this? In this article i will show you how to take screenshot on lubuntu.

The easiest way to do capture screen/take screenshot is using the print screen keyboard key, you can either press CTRL + PrtSc or press ALT + PrtSc, this method works on almost every computer and every operating system, not just lubuntu.

But there is more convenient way to take screenshot, there is a program called gnome-screenshot that can make screen capturing fun to do, gnome-screenshot is comes preinstalled on ubuntu operating system, but not on lubuntu.

So for us, lubuntu users, we need to install gnome-screenshot because it does not come preinstalled on our system. To install gnome-screenshot on lubuntu is very easy, all you have to do is open terminal/console/command prompt and then type this command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-screenshot

kernelpanic@kernelpanic-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install gnome-screenshot 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 70 not upgraded.
Need to get 49.8 kB of archives.
After this operation, 254 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ wily/main gnome-screenshot i386 3.16.2-0ubuntu3 [49.8 kB]
Fetched 49.8 kB in 1s (28.7 kB/s)           
Selecting previously unselected package gnome-screenshot.
(Reading database ... 127617 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../gnome-screenshot_3.16.2-0ubuntu3_i386.deb ...
Unpacking gnome-screenshot (3.16.2-0ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:i386 (2.46.1-1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.58ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for gconf2 (3.2.6-3ubuntu5) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.4-1) ...
Setting up gnome-screenshot (3.16.2-0ubuntu3) ...

Once installed gnome-screenshot can be open through lubuntu start menu > Accessories > Screenshot

The gnome-screenshot is really wonderful piece of software, it gives you a couple of choices on how you want to capture your screen; grab the whole screen, grab the current window, or select area of your choice to be capture.

You can also put timer if you don't want press a button to take screenshot, brilliant stuff !! you can also include the mouse pointer to be captured as well, fantastic!! you can even put effect such as drop shadow, border and vintage to the screenshot images.

The images taken with gnome-screenshot will be stored on 'Pictures' directory which located inside your home directory and it will be on PNG format.

I highly recommend for you to use gnome-screenshot to take screenshot rather than just using print screen keyboard shortcut, gnome-screenshot is the better way to take screenshot on lubuntu.

~ enjoy ~