How to take screenshots

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Using scrot

  • Install scrot with your package manager. On Debian and Ubuntu-like systems, type sudo apt-get install scrot. If your account isn't included in the sudoers file, first type su, type your password and afterwards type apt-get install scrot. On RPM-based systems who are using yum, type sudo yum install scrot. Same here about the sudoers file.
  • Run scrot (type scrot in your terminal)
  • Press the PrtScr-button. The screenshot will be in /home/user/.

Using imagemagick

imagemagick is a collection of tools and libraries for many image formats. It is pre-installed in most distributions. You can check the availability of the binary needed by typing

$ which import

Step 1: create shell script for making screenshots

First of all you will need to create a file with name for example in /usr/local/bin/ directory. It should contain next lines:

DATE=`date +%Y-%m-%d\ %H:%M:%S`
import -window root "$HOME/Desktop/screenshot $DATE.png"

What does this script do? First line of the script code assigns current date in format YYYY-mm-dd hh:mm:ss to DATE variable. Next line grabs the root window and writes a file named screenshot 'YYYY-mm-dd hh:mm:ss.png' to your ~/Desktop/ directory

Step 2: make script executable

$ sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/

That's all. Go next step.

Step 3: Make openbox run this script on pressing PrintScreen key

Edit file ~/.config/openbox/lxde-rc.xml and make sure to append there the following in the <keyboard> section:

<keybind key="Print">
<action name="Execute">

Now either relogin to load the new configuration or type:

$ openbox --reconfigure

New png files will appear right on our desktop.

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