DISCLAIMER: This little how-to was written with the Fluxbox and/or Gimp beginners in mind – hopefully it will be understandable for everybody…

There are many methods to take screen shots in Fluxbox.

Here I will try to describe three:

I. With the help of Gimp

II. With the help of Scrot

III. With the help of ImageMagick

I. Taking screen shots with the Gimp

1. Open Gimp

2. Go to File menu

3. Select Acquire from the File menu and then –> Screen Shot…

4. You will see the window called Grab

5. You can choose now:

a. either to take a picture of the Single Window (after chosen by you number of seconds of delay)

b. or – to take Picture of the Whole Screen (choose also the required time of delay! 😉

…and that’s it – you can now save your Screen Shots and eventually edit them in Gimp 🙂

II. Taking screen shots with the Scrot

1. Install Scrot

2. Open terminal of your choice (Eterm, aterm, tilda, Terminal, Konsole etc.)

3. Now write in the terminal f.i.:

$ scrot screenie23.png -d 5 -s




where: screenie23.png is the name of your future screen shot (you can choose another format of your picture f.i. .jpg etc)

-d 5 is the time of the delay in seconds

-s means that you will take only the screen shot of the chosen by you window (Attention: it will not work for the parts of root widow like f.e. menus – in the case USE GIMP 🙂


4. If you would like to take a picture of the Whole Screen, write in the terminal:

scrot screenie23.png -d 5


Scrot will save the pictures in the current directory (so – if you did not change default directory – they will be saved in your $HOME). I usually change the directory to the one I would like to save the pictures before taking them (/Pictures in my case ;). That is why I write the command:


cd Pictures/




before starting to use scrot…


5. If you have further questions or requirements – there is very good manual in the terminal. Write simply:


man scrot


III. Taking screen shots with the ImageMagick


1. Install ImageMagick


2. Open terminal of your choice (Eterm, aterm, tilda, Terminal, Konsole etc.)


3. Now write in the terminal (after eventual changing of directory 😉 f.i.:


$ import -window root screenie23.png


this will take the picture of the whole screen


EDIT: if you would like to open more windows and take a picture of whole screen after longer delay (here 10 seconds) type in the terminal:


$ sleep 10 && import -window root screenie23.png



4. …or if you want to take only the picture of one window:


$ import -delay 4 screenie23.png


(delay will give you the time to choose the right window)




5. …or – in the case of more “complicated” screen shots:


$ import -delay 6 -snaps 3 screenie23.png


(again: delay gives you time, snaps will let you take picture of 3 [in this case] windows 😉




PS. Editing screen shots in The Gimp (example)

If you would like to illustrate something more complicated (like f.i. menus in Fluxbox 😉 this are steps you need to take:

1. Take the picture of the first part of the menu:

2. Take the picture of the second part of the menu:

3. Open New… from the File menu (take care of the measurements – it should have at least twice as big width now 😉

4. Copy the first picture (using Edit menu or – Ctrl c)

5. Paste it in to the New.. just opened by you (using Edit menu or – Ctrl v)



6. Using Move layers & selections tool from the main Gimp menu put the pasted part into required place

7. Open Layers menu from Dialogs menu and “anchor” your copied selection (pressing little anchor in the bottom dialog window)

8. Repeat the above steps (from step 4 – 7) for the second picture (screen shot)

9. Merge visible layers (right-click on the Layers dialog and click on the Merge Visible Layers…)

10.Save your “compiled”, brand-new picture 🙂



PS. More tips on how to edit screenshots in Gimp can be found here