Is there an application in Tails where I can take a snapshot of the screen and save it? I have the print screen key on my computer, but am not sure if Tails has an application for it. I will check the applications again.

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Yes, the printscreen key should work.

This can also be invoked through a program called "Screenshot", which provides the same functionality.

This is part of the core Gnome desktop environment which Tails uses.

From the Gnome user guide:

  1. Open Screenshot from the Activities overview.

  2. In the Screenshot window, select whether to grab the whole screen, the current window, or an area of the screen. Set a delay if you need to select a window or otherwise set up your desktop for the screenshot. Then choose any effects you want.

  3. Click Take Screenshot.

  4. If you selected Select area to grab, the pointer changes into a crosshair. Click and drag the area you want for the screenshot.

  5. In the Save Screenshot window, enter a file name and choose a folder, then click Save.

  6. Alternatively, import the screenshot directly into an image-editing application without saving it first. Click Copy to Clipboard then paste the image in the other application, or drag the screenshot thumbnail to the application.

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