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Old 02-05-2006, 12:22 AM   #1
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How to screenshot a pulldown menu

Taking screen and window shots is easy (at least in gnome based ununtu). But the methods I have tried to take that shot to show a drop down menu close the menu before the shot is taken.

Specifically, using the Print Screen key, ALT + Print Screen, and using the Take Screen Shot Entry on the System menu drop the pulldown menu. Note that the dropdown menu stays up even on switching focus to another window and even while clicking on the system menu.

Searching the web seems to show about a dozen utilities for taking screen shots in Linux but none seem to mention anything about this. I found one method that looks like it might work for a window opened for an application on a remote system but that is not practical here.

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You can use a program called 'scrot'. It has a delay feature like a timer on a camera.
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sleep 3 && import -window root /tmp/screen.png
Old 02-07-2006, 08:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies folks. I did not seem to have either comand in the system (Ubuntu 5.10) but the package manager Synaptics found scrot and it worked fine once installed. I was able to find man pages for import on the web, but Synaptics did not find it. That was probably because it appears to be only a component of another package whose name I just forgot.

Problem solved. Only new problem is now I have another program with many options to learn

Croakinglizard: I used the time delay and got a SS of the whole screen including the window with the menu pulled down. I will look over the options again later, but if there is a way to do that and get just the desired window WHILE the menu is pulled down tyhat would be the best answer. If you can give me some guidance, that would be appreciated even though I might be able to figure it out when I get home tonight.

Thanks again.


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