Taking Screenshots

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  • When taking screenshots of single a application/window, use a white background and include a margin (around 20 pixels) of the white wallpaper (this is to ensure that window shadows don't look cropped)
  • Set the language to English unless it's a localized screenshot
  • Save as PNG image
  • Preferably, use the default settings (icons, color scheme, style, window decoration, application settings etc.)
  • Preferably, use compositing (see Desktop Effects module in System Settings)
  • Preferably, use Liberation Sans, 9pt as font


In this example KSnapshot is used, but other screen capture applications work as well.

  • Open KSnapshot
  • Choose a Capture mode
    • Full Screen: Everything on the screen is captured, usually used for desktop screenshots
    • Region: Only a region defined by the user is captured, usually used for application screenshots
  • Click on New Snapshot
    • Full Screen: Click anywhere on the screen to take the snapshot
    • Region: Use the mouse to draw a rectangle around the region to be captured (for example around a window). Click on Enter or double click in the region to take the snapshot
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The region can be resized and moved after releasing the mouse button

  • Click on Save As...
  • Browse to the location you want to save the image, give it a name (name.png) and click on Save

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