How to Take Screenshot on KDE Plasma

Steps to capture Screenshot in KDE Plasma: The very purpose of having the feature of screenshots is to have direct interaction with the data that has been displayed on the monitor or display without any 3rd party intervention. Sometimes they come handy in a lot of various aspects like documentation, presentation, etc. But these all varies with the software in which we ing the displayed information. The current OS on which we are dealing with is Linux. When we take the name of Linux the other name what comes to picture is KDE plasma which also is the 5th and current generation of KDE systems developed for Linux systems. KDE stands for “K desktop environment”.

Basically, there were many iterations in the line of plasma systems what they introduced, but the latest of them is KDE plasma 5 which is one of the hi-tech systems which you can find out there for a Linux based operation systems. Basically, the new systems had a new default theme known as ” breeze” which had convergence and exploration over different styles over different devices. They used an OpenGL for the acceleration of their hardware which made it much smoother and better in performance with no lag at all. This also resulted with no compromise as the power consumption too was much less when impaired with the previous generation.

The KDE plasma is generally built on a Qt5 and KDE frameworks 5 which added a lot of improvement in the Current generation of Linux systems produced by KDE. There were a lot of changes made in the KDE systems, but the current best seller sure does seem a power packed performance machine which sure does lift the game when compared to its competitors. The plasma supports HiDPi display which generally has a better display and moreover as a graphic shell which is converged.

Also, houses a new theme known as breeze and comes with various goodies to mingle around with. Nothing was left standard but the gave a total facelift which makes it the best system to house Linux. The operation and function of these systems are simple and are as same as the ones you might as well find on a Windows PC, but Linux has its own set of functions and guidelines through which it runs and executed set of tasks. The plasma uses an X window system which is powered by a KDE software compilation onto the KDE frameworks 5 which is the hardware to the system. The operating system has its own bargain and it own flaunts but depends on the user on which on they prefer.

Methods to take KDE Screenshots

Generally, the functions of this system are a bit tricky in ways in which anyone could be confused on how to use one, but if mastered it’s something more or less a whole different experience. But the Chang’s made are really good but still, lacks the general appeal to make things a bit more reliable and quicker than before. The problem of taking screenshots is a problem in almost all aspects but in Linux, it’s a whole different saga as there are a whole lot of ways through which you can take KDE screenshots but some ways are generally the same. Some of them might be-

  1. Print screen button – This is something that you find on every keyboard nowadays but works almost fine on all systems. But for Linux, it’s a whole new thing as the operation is the same but sure does vary in the aspect ratio and also the software that you are using on plasma. It’s pretty much like windows but then varies in the version that you have been using and more as the older version for updated it became trickier to even capture a simple screen shot of the operating system. Some things like these sure do affect the growth and also the shortcut methods of some features.

But when you hit the button to capture a screen shot it generally should take a picture, but nothing generally happened as the version was newer. For some, it was the same but for some, they had to hold the control (Ctrl) button and then press the print screen button which made a whole lot of confusion. Even when this never happened some actually went n checked the HELP program of KDE. ( As Linux is different every function of it is realtors to a software or a program) generally, when nothing worked out, there is some software which helps you in taking screenshots in KDE without the help of print screen button.

2. Ksnapshot – Ksnapshot is a screenshot application designed n developed for the KDE desktop environment. Using C++ and Qt, Richard J Moore, Matthias Ettrich, and Aaron Just Seigo designed and developed it. This application made it very easy to take snapshots and also made it simple enough to not go through a lengthy task of researching to just take a simple screenshot. The features what Ksnapshot has is something different when compared to a normal screenshot application as it had something much more than what meets the eye. Some of them were-

(A). It could save several snapshots in multiple formats such the need to individually separate it was eliminated.

(B). The processing rate of snapshots was faster and hence gave the edge to take newer snaps at any given point of time without a lag and without any errors, the images were saved.

(C). Had an option ” open with” which allowed you to open a snapshot in any external editor without any errors or the need for any conversion process. It was plain simple and efficient.

(D). Had the ability to copy the image to the clipboard which the normal software of Linux never had it.

(E). A number of capture modes like capture modes which let you decide what kind of Fran to aspect ratio of the screenshot would you like or would it be a freehand snapshot which generally meant that you would have to decide how much the snapshot is required. The single window which meant that the user could take a snapshot of a single screen at a time or multiple screens depending on the requirement.

(F). Another feature was that it had snapshot delay which generally gave you time to position stuff that you wanted on the picture and takes a screenshot of it. Something like a timer to a photo but had much better use when introduced in the application.

In all many ways, Ksnapshot was a way better screenshot taker than the regular print screen button. But when the OS got updated, for some the application wasn’t available and for some, it never even was shown how to even take a screenshot. But below are the steps through which you can get Ksnapshot on ur computer.

(A). On the command line type so Pacman -S kdemod-kdegraphics-ksnapshot. This should enable the computer to understand that Ksnapshot has to be downloaded. The application isn’t that big, it’s just a 0.76 MB downloadable file which requires up to 15.12 MB of your disk space for installation. A very small application for KDE, but does a lot more even for its small size.

(B). Once the above is done, you will be shown the download and installation details of the application. Further, you will be asked whether to proceed or not with a “y” or “n”. Y for a yes and N for a no. If Y then it will install the program. Once it is done, it’ll download the application and other requirements for the smooth running of the application. Depending on your connection the software should take about a couple of minutes. Once downloaded the system will automatically install the required files and could take up a few extra minutes.

(C). When all this is done, go to application then launcher menu. A settings option would be there open it and then finally system settings. When all this is done then go to the input actions section and then check the box for print screen. The integration of the print screen button will be directly linked through this and it’ll enable you to take screenshots with ease and screenshots can also be taken Efron the application itself and have various changes to it depending on your taste.

3. Spectacle – Spectacle entered the world of Linux through the release of KDE applications whose main target was to replace Ksnapshot. Basically something as an upgrade to the old one. In addition, the features what Ksnapshot had were nothing compared to spectacle as it could do everything much faster and was efficient in every way that the flaws were minimal and the images that were saved also were of higher quality that gave it the edge to continue for a longer duration of time. Spectacle had a lot of advantages, some of them are-

(A). It had the ability to integrate physical keys without even clicking on spectacle for it’s functioning. Mainly shift + print screen was the primary key to be used.

(B). Spectacle was optimized in such a way that the time lag and the image capturing duration were completely minimal and had no issues of even any lag to disorient the image hat was being captured.

(C). Could capture an entire screen without any delay time which was obvious for its function.

(D). Capture the entire monitor which gave way to various modifications in the technical aspects.

(E). Gave the ability to take a snapshot of only the window which was at first of the monitor and edit it in real time.

(F). Hovering of cursor over the window which the user wanted to take even if it was hidden could be achieved with spectacle.

(G). Gave a lot of freedom in the various domains of screenshots and also could take particular pop-ups and tabs just by moving the cursor to the desired tab or pop-up to take the picture.

(H). It enables voice confirmation which gave the user a sense of when and where the image is going to be taken and where is it going to be stored as all the storing process happened in the background which gave optimum results in the shortest amount of time.

(I). Take a screenshot and exit the application and still would get saved without any errors and would be displayed in the folder which it was destined for.

But with the Advent of spectacle there sure was some technical difficulties in understanding the way it worked and performed. So to guide you through the various changes and ways to take a screenshot on spectacle, the following steps will do justice –

(A). Open spectacle

(B). There are various capture modes available such as current screen ( which lets you capture whatever is there on a single screen ), full screen ( captures everything there on the screen but includes even the rest of the left out space but on a multi-screen all screen are captured but a single window ), window under the cursor ( the region around which the cursor is hovering or stopped, that part is only captured and nothing else ), region (a better definition of what exactly is to be captured is required).

(C). Click on new snapshot which will give you the above-mentioned options for your choosing. Click anywhere or press enters to take a snapshot but only for region hover the cursor on the particular region and then click which enables it to click and select a particular region only.

(D). To save the captured image click on save as button.

(E). According to your choice browse the location of the folder that the image will be stored in.

So this was all about how you can capture screenshot in KDE Plasma, through given methods. For any query you can leave a comment below, we will reply to you at the earliest.

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