How to Take Screenshots / Screencasts in Ubuntu 17.10

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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. This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to use Ubuntu 17.10 screenshots and screencasts feature to capture the desktop screen.

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:


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

Click Take Screenshot.

If you selected Select area to grab, the pointer changes into a crosshair. Click and drag the area you want for the screenshot. 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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A red 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 17.10


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  1. Sébastien Vermeille

    Can you explain how to open it with “Printscreen” shortcuts ? I had this feature on ubuntu 14 but it seems disabled by default on 17 :/

    Thank you if you have an answer to it

  2. Holding down ‘Shift Print Screen’ simultaneously may open up snapshot to grab a selected area and put it into your picture file. Or using activities to open snapshot up by typing ‘snapshot’ in the activities search box will allow you to both name the picture and direct the picture to whatever file you want.

  3. With Ubuntu 17.10, I have installed the Unity desktop package (because, strangely enough, I like Unity). Within Unity, the old PrintScreen button screenshot tool no longer works. The only way is to use the Gnome screenshot tool, which is a little disappointing because the Unity tool was pretty awesome. I’m going to continue seeing if I can get it to work like it used to.

  4. Hi
    It is OK for screenshots. It freezes my HP laptop. do you have other solution?

  5. Sorry I meant that the screencast freeze my PC

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