Updated: Screenshots in LXDE

Back in 2010 I wrote about how to configure the gnome screenshot tool in lxde/openbox. Since then the advance of gnome3 has continued with 3.6 bringing changes that some don’t quite agree with.

I too have a new problem using gnome utilities since upgrading to Fedora 17 (with gnome 3.4). The behaviour of the screenshot tool has changed so that it no longer seems to ask where to save the screenshot (giving you an opportunity to choose a useful filename), but saves it with a timestamp in your homedir. While it is possible to force an interface it doesn’t seem possible to enable just the filename selection screen, having filename selection means you need to see the ugly set of all possible screenshot options first (how not very gnome).

Because of this I’ve decided to move to the xfce screenshot tool. It was an easy choice since I already brought in xfce utilities to replace other broken gnome ones (terminal, power-manager), and it’s pretty close to how the old gnome tool operated. My lxde-rc.xml how looks like:


<keybind key="Print">
<action name="Execute">
<command>xfce4-screenshooter -f</command>
</action>
</keybind>
<keybind key="A-Print">
<action name="Execute">
<command>xfce4-screenshooter -w</command>
</action>
</keybind>
<keybind key="C-Print">
<action name="Execute">
<command>xfce4-screenshooter -r</command>
</action>
</keybind>

As a bonus, I now have support for taking a screenshot of a selected region, which I’ve bound to Ctrl+Printscreen.

Posted September 9th, 2012 in Linux. Tagged: , , , .

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