|Getting Started with The GIMP: an informal tutorial: CSLUG and Rock Eagle Presentations, October 2002|
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Many programs can take screenshots, but few are as good at doctoring the image after it's taken as the GIMP is.
On the main panel, click on the "File" menu, and select "Acquire -> Screen Shot ..." I've used this feature extensively while creating this tutorial.
The Screen Shot dialogue box.
Notice that I've set the delay to three seconds: usually I want to move the pointer over to the window I want to take a picture of and select that window. After three seconds the GIMP takes a screen shot of whatever window you clicked on - if it isn't at the front, the GIMP takes the shot with whatever other windows are overlaying it. That's why I chose the three second delay, so I can click and bring the target window to focus before I click to take the screenshot.