Is it possible to screenshot a window without the frame?

Can I screenshot a window without its frame so the Title, the Close, Minimize, Maximize Buttons and the System time will not be visible?

Asked By: xuwenbuwer


There is an application called Shutter. You can use it to take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website – apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.

You can download the software directly from Ubuntu Software Center. Search for Shutter.

You can also go to this link to view the installation instruction.

To exclude window decorator, go to:

Preferences -> Advanced -> Window Capture:

then uncheck Include window decoration when capturing a window

Also when you run the application, you can click on the Selection button to select a specific part of the window.

If you want to customize shortcuts to make it more suitable, thanks to User: Redbob for pointing it out, have a look here.

Answered By: Russo

Yes, and no, depending on several factors. Applications which use client side decorations will not be able to hide the frame.

To take a screenshot without decorations, when it is possible to do so, you can run the screenshot tool from the dash (or gnome-screenshot), and select to Grab the current window, and then un-check the options for Include the window border.

You can also create a custom keyboard shortcut so that pressing the Print key, will open this app instead of automatically saving a screenshot, in System Settings.

Update 2022: The screenshot tool has been changed somewhat dramatically in recent GNOME releases, and the window border option is no longer there, as GNOME relies heavily on client side decorations and so there is no separation between the border and the window as such, any longer.

Answered By: dobey

You can use custom screenshot area.

Press Shift+PrtScr, then select the area you want.

Answered By: Pilot6

A pure command line solution also suitable for scripts is scrot, which does not capture the window manager border by default when in window mode. To choose a window with your mouse (-s) and save a screenshot of it in ~/screenshot.png, do:

scrot -s ~/screenshot.png

To save a screenshot of the then active window (-u) in ~/screenshot.png 5 seconds after you started the command (-d 5) and automatically open it in gimp (-e 'gimp $f') afterwards, do:

scrot -u -d 5 ~/screenshot.png -e 'gimp $f'

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Answered By: dessert
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