Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Sniping Tool in Gnome

For the uninitiated, it’s a nifty tool I’ve seen being used on Vista that lets you select an area of the screen to take a screenshot of, instead of the entire screen; and it’s been lying around on Gnome all this while! To try it out:

  1. System → Preferences → Keyboard Shortcuts → Add
    • Name: Snipe
    • Command: gnome-screenshot -ai
  2. Apply; then click on your new entry to configure a shortcut key

This binds your shortcut-key to the Gnome Screenshot tool, being started in the -a(rea) and -i(nteractive) mode. If you prefer seeing the sniping crosshairs directly instead of an interactive dialog, use gnome-screenshot -a as the command instead.

Quick Fix: Natty, Ubuntu Classic and Compiz

If you’re reading this, you must be a Unity reject: the ones who upgraded to Natty and are now left in the cold after being told their hardware’s just too yesterday. If you’re beginning to miss your wobbly windows and other frills on Ubuntu Classic, give this quick hack a try:
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