SpaceEngine – Taking Screenshots without GUI

A quick explanation of how to take screenshots without SpaceEngine’s GUI getting in the way.


SpaceEngine’s visuals are some of the most realistic available to consumers and space enthusiasts – but without an obvious way to remove its graphical interface, screenshots uploaded to Steam’s Screenshots section can often include the numerous options and readouts along the borders of the window. Hopefully, this guide can help improve your SpaceEngine photography!

Removing Text Readouts

By default, the text readouts in the top left of the screen can be cycled through “brief,” “full,” and “off” settings pressing the [Ctrl] and [~] keys simultaneously.

SpaceEngine - Taking Screenshots without GUI

Re-adding text readouts

The text readouts can be added back by pressing the [Ctrl] and [~] keys one more time.

Removing Option Bars

Sidebar options can be removed by clicking the “pin” buttons located on the sidebars.

SpaceEngine - Taking Screenshots without GUI

The bottom bars have one extra pin option to toggle through, but the process is essentially the same.

Re-adding option bars

To add the bars back, hover over the edges of the screen where they occupied – they will pop back up and can be pinned back again.

Finished Product

Your GUI-free screenshot is now ready to be taken! Just press F12 and follow the standard Steam screenshot upload procedure!

SpaceEngine - Taking Screenshots without GUI

Volodymyr Azimoff
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I love games and I live games. Video games are my passion, my hobby and my job. My experience with games started back in 1994 with the Metal Mutant game on ZX Spectrum computer. And since then, I’ve been playing on anything from consoles, to mobile devices. My first official job in the game industry started back in 2005, and I'm still doing what I love to do.

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