You can take a screenshot of a virtual machine and save it to the clipboard, to a file, or to both a file and the clipboard.

When a take a screenshot of a virtual machine, the image is saved as a portable network graphics (.png) file by default. On Windows hosts, you can also save the screenshot as a bitmap (.bmp) file.

On Linux hosts, saving a screenshot to the clipboard is supported only on systems running Gnome 2.12 or later.


Select Edit > Preferences.


Select Workspace and select a save screenshots option.

You can select both options to save screenshots to both a file and the clipboard.




Save the screenshot to the clipboard.


Save screenshots to a file. You can select whether to save the file to the desktop or to be prompted for a location when you take the screenshot. If you save the file to the desktop, the filename is generated from the virtual machine name and the time at which the screenshot is taken. The screenshot is saved as a .png file. On Windows hosts, if you are prompted for a location, you can change the file format to bitmap.


Click OK to save your changes.


To take the screenshot, select the virtual machine, select VM > Capture Screen.