How to take Screenshots on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to take screenshots with Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04.

Sometimes you may want to take pictures or record videos of what’s going on on your screen to show to someone you’re helping. Pictures / Videos speak louder than words.

Gnome Screenshot is a powerful tool that is used for screen capturing. It also comes with a feature that provides delay screen capture at a specific time.

The pictures and videos captured doing a screenshot or screencasts are just normal picture and video files that you can send to anyone or upload to the Internet for people to view. By default the picture and video files are stored in the Pictures and Videos folders of your home directory.

To learn how to get screenshots / screencasts of your Ubuntu desktop, follow the steps below:

Gnome Screenshot

Logon to your Ubuntu desktop and select Activities from the top left corner of your screen.

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Then on the Activities overview, search for Screenshot. This should show the Screenshot program that you can use to capture your screen.

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Next, open Screenshot from the Activities overview. In the Screenshot window, select whether to:

  • Grab the whole screen
  • Grab the current window
  • Select area of the screen to grab

Set a delay if you need to select a window or otherwise set up your desktop for the screenshot. Then choose any effects you want.


If you selected Select area to grab, the pointer changes into a cross-hair. Click and drag the area you want for the screenshot.

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In the Save Screenshot window, enter a file name and choose a folder, then click Save.


You can make a video recording of what is happening on your screen: Press Ctr + Alt + Shift + R to start recording what is on your screen.

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An orange circle is displayed in the top right corner of the screen when the recording is in progress.

Once you have finished, press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R again to stop the recording.
The video is automatically saved in your Videos folder in your home folder, with a file name that starts with Screencast and includes the date and time it was taken.

This is how to capture your screen in Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04 LTS.


This post showed you how to take screenshots and video captures on Ubuntu 20.04 | 18.04. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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