returns an image captured from all current display screens on your computer.


returns an image captured from display screen n.


returns the specified rectangle from the image of all current display screens.

Details and Options

  • The primary display monitor is typically numbered 1, and the image from it can be captured with CurrentScreenImage[1].
  • The list of all display screens is given by SystemInformation["Devices","ScreenInformation"].
  • CurrentScreenImage returns an image that contains a faithful representation of pixels on your display screen.
  • In the form CurrentScreenImage[{{xmin,ymin},{xmax,ymax}}], the coordinates are measured from the bottom left of the complete area of all current display screens.
  • CurrentScreenImage always shows a rectangular display area. Any pixels that lie outside the display areas for any screen are assigned a color specified by the setting for the option Background.


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Basic Examples  (4)

Capturing a screenshot:

Capture an image of the main monitor:

Capture screenshots of all current monitors:

Capture a screenshot of the lower left-hand corner of the screen:

Options  (1)

Background  (1)

Capturing a screenshot with multiple monitors attached may display black areas where no physical monitors exist:

The background color in this case can be changed with the option Background:

Properties & Relations  (2)

CurrentScreenImage uses the standard image coordinate system used in standard image processing functions like ImageTrim:

Using CurrentScreenImage of a rectangle is faster than trimming the full image after taking it:

Interactive Examples  (2)

Display a dynamic image of the full screen:

Make a dynamic image of a rectangle around the current mouse position:

Wolfram Research (2017), CurrentScreenImage, Wolfram Language function,


Wolfram Research (2017), CurrentScreenImage, Wolfram Language function,


@misc{reference.wolfram_2020_currentscreenimage, author="Wolfram Research", title="{CurrentScreenImage}", year="2017", howpublished="\url{}", note=[Accessed: 01-March-2021 ]}


@online{reference.wolfram_2020_currentscreenimage, organization={Wolfram Research}, title={CurrentScreenImage}, year={2017}, url={}, note=[Accessed: 01-March-2021 ]}


Wolfram Language. 2017. "CurrentScreenImage." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research.


Wolfram Language. (2017). CurrentScreenImage. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from