The function that makes a screenshot of the Desktop, then you press the print key, is an old functionality of BeOS. The screenshot will be numbert and stored under /boot/home/.

Under Haiku, this function has been extended, because are now a user interface named screenshot.

If you press the print key the user interface will be open.


  • Capture active window: With this setting, the screenshot will be taken from the active window, not from the complete desktop.
  • Include window border: With this setting, the border of the Window will be included.
  • Include mouse pointer: With this setting, the mouse pointer will be included.
  • Delay: Here you can set up in how many seconds the screenshot should be made.
  • Name: Here you can set up a name for the screenshot.



  • Save in: Here you set up the place there the screenshot will be stored.
    Default is "/boot/home".



  • Save as: Here you can set up the graphic format.
    Default is "PNG".
  • Settings: here you can set upt graphic format specific settings.
  • Copy to clipboard: If you press this button a screenshot will be stored into the Clipboard. You can paste the stored picture into another program using "Add" or using the shortcut "Alt+v".
  • New screenshot: if you press this button a new screenshot will be displayed into the preview area.
  • Save: Now save your settings for next using.


You can do this over the Terminal too:

Screenshot [OPTIONS] [FILE] Creates a bitmap of the current screen

FILE is the optional output path / filename used in silent mode. An exisiting file with the same name will be overwritten without warning. If FILE is not given the screenshot will be saved to a file with the default filename in the user's home directory.


      -m, --mouse-pointer Include the mouse pointer

      -b, --border Include the window border

      -w, --window Capture the active window instead of the entire screen

      -d, --delay=seconds Take screenshot after the specified delay [in seconds]

      -s, --silent Saves the screenshot without showing the application window

      -f, --format=image Give the image format you like to save as [bmp], [gif], [jpg], [png], [ppm], [tga], [tif]

    -c, --clipboard Copies the screenshot to the system clipboard without showing the application window
Note: OPTION -b, --border takes only effect when used with -w, --window


Tutorial by Christian Albrecht, July 2012
Translation by Christian Albrecht, Mai 2013
Made available by BeSly, the Haiku knowledge base.