I need to take screenshots from my working area often and don't know how to get rid of all these menus and buttons. I don't want to render, because then I'll need to set up the camera and so on, and also I don't need a quality pic for my purposes.

Is there a way?

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3 Answers 3


There are different ways to accomplish your goal, depending on your specific needs.

Viewport Render

The viewport can be rendered through View > Viewport Render Image.

Viewport Render Image

Screenshot of the active area

A screenshot of the active area can be created using the following steps:

  1. Hide the gizmos enter image description here
  2. Open the operator search F3 and search for Save Screenshot.
  3. Run the Save Screenshot operator (bpy.ops.screen.screenshot()).
  4. Uncheck the Full Screen property (this will only include the active area) and save the image. File browser

Fullscreen mode & third-party software

The following steps enabled the fullscreen mode and allow you to take a screenshot with a third-party tool:

  1. Hide the gizmos Hide Gizmos
  2. Switch to fullscreen mode through View > Area > Toggles Fullscreen Area (Ctrl+Alt+Space).
  3. Use a third-party tool to create the screenshot
  4. In order to leave the fullscreen mode move the mouse cursor to the upper right corner and click on the icon Leave fullscreen icon. Alternatively you can also press the shortcut again Ctrl+Alt+Space
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for all the variants! As you could see, I already use third-party tool to create the screenshot (as I attached one). I hoped there is a way to quickly see a viewport without all the menus though, but if there's no such way, it's okay. It seems Viewport render can help. $\endgroup$
    – Wizarmoon
    Feb 2, 2020 at 13:36
  • $\begingroup$ The second option does hide the menus. Or do you not consider clicking a couple buttons and hitting a hotkey quick? ;) (In addition to the button with the red square around it I'd also click the button to the right of it to hide a few extras.) $\endgroup$
    – B Layer
    Dec 2, 2020 at 12:24

You can click view>viewport image to take a render screenshot of what is on the screen.

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Blender will automatically create a snapshot of exactly what is in the viewport.

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In 2.7x, you can follow these steps:

  • Alt + F10 = for toggle fullscreen area.
  • Alt + F11 = for toggle window fullscreen.
  • Ctrl + F3 = it will open the "Save Screenshot" window.
  • Set a name and location to the screenshot to be taken.
  • Press Save Screenshot button.

To show the menus and the screen again as it was before, press Alt + F10 and Alt + F11 respectively.


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