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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! πŸ˜‰

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

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 πŸ™‚


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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰




PS. Editing screen shots in The Gimp (example)

If you would like to illustrate something more complicated (like f.i. menus in Fluxbox πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚



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


…this is a collection of the Fluxbox Howto’es by bodhi.zazen. IMHO this ones are the best on the subject of Fluxbox πŸ™‚

bodhi.zazen Fluxbox howto’es


tami πŸ™‚

This below was posted originally on Fluxbuntu Forum:

“…and as to keyboard – your keyboard is as well supported as on Ubuntu – you will just have to manually edit your xorg.conf file:

Simply add your languages shortcuts to the line describing your keyboard.

Mine looks like this:

Option “XkbLayout” “no,pl”

Yours should probably look as follows

Option “XkbLayout” “de,fr”

If you would like to have keyboard switch try following solution.

Open the file /home/<yourusername>/.fluxbox/menu

Then edit the file adding following lines:


[submenu] (Keyboards)
[exec] (de) {setxkbmap de}
[exec] (fr) {setxkbmap fr}

IMPORTANT: Check, please, the shortcuts for your keyboard layout firstly – I was just guessing that de=German and fr=French πŸ˜‰Wink

Anyway: in this way you will be able to change the layout of your keyboard from the menu.

It should look similiar to this (this is from my computer with Polish and Norwegian layouts πŸ™‚ ):

I hope it will help a bit,


….hmmm my first trial to write Fluxbox mini-howto…


tami πŸ™‚

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

I was experimenting a bit lately and installed new distro’es – OK, let’s say “nearly new” πŸ˜‰

1. First is Fluxbuntu – as Linux fans already know it it is a derivative of Ubuntu. BUT – as I found out – MUCH QUICKER, LIGHTER and – much easier to install than the “big U/K/Xubuntu brothers and sisters”. It was the first Ubuntu I managed to install with graphical installer…Taking into account that Fluxbuntu is under heavy development and the version installed by me is pre-released one I think it will be a GREAT DISTRO!

2. Second one is the newest Zenwalk 4.0 – and what can I say? I tried Zenwalk few times in the past – beginning from version 2.8 – this time the distro seems to work even FASTER! The nicest thing here is that EVERYTHING is working out of the box – at least for the kind of user like me – rather average one ;). What I also like a lot about especially this version of Zenwalk is THE LOOK and FEEL of it – fantastic graphic work. What’s more – the look does not affect the efficiency – computer is running as smooth with and without “special” effects πŸ™‚ (built-in composite in XFCE and Fluxbox) and – as the fan of Fluxbox – I immediately installed it – nice thing here is that Fluxbox is the newest, pre-released version – much better than the older one πŸ˜‰ Shortly speaking from now on my distro’es of choice are Zenwalk and Fluxbox – both installed side by side on the separate partitions of my desktop and laptop. And – NO! – I am not a geek…LOL…not at all! I am very average computer user “playing” with Linux distro’es for a 1/2 year now – you see – it’s possible! Thanks to the developers of such Linux distro’es as Fluxbox and ZenwalkπŸ™‚

Back to the subject of the entry – I decided today to “create” another blog – this time devoted fully to “tami’s adventures in Linux Land” in other words – to small howto’es and tips for persons as me – not very “tech-savvy” but wanting their computers to work without the glitch to be able to use them!

So – here it is! πŸ˜‰

Many kind and friendly greetings to all from,




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