Be an Expert Screen Shooter in Ubuntu

I mean, why not, right?

The built-in screen capture software in Ubuntu is pretty good.  Hit a button (Print Screen) and it snaps your screen into the copy buffer.  Then you save it as an image file though a simple dialog.

But, and this happened to me recently, you may find need to capture something like a menu which doesn’t like to stay put while you press the appropriate button.  Fortunately there is a way to work with this.

Take a look at the manual page for the Gnome screen shot application:

man gnome-screenshot

Apparently you can add border effects.  Who knew?

Anyway, for my interests the one to know is the -d or –delay= argument.  This allows you to hit Enter, mouse to the menu, and hover over the item of interest before you screen shot fires.

Try five seconds:

gnome-screenshot -d 5

Exciting, eh?

Pew pew pew!


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