Make ‘PrintScreen’ Launch Shutter Area Selection in Ubuntu 18.04

August 12, 2018 — Leave a comment

shutter screenshot

For those who don’t use the default Gnome screenshot tool, here’s how to make the ‘PrintScreen’ keyboard key take a screenshot via another (Shutter in this case) screen capturing tool.

1. Launch System Settings and navigate to Devices -> keyboard.

2. In right, scroll down and find out the line says “Save a screenshot to Pictures“. Click on it, and in pop-up dialog change the shortcut from Print to any other key.

3. Scroll down and click plus sign to add a new shortcut, then:

  • type a name for the new shortcut.
  • type shutter -s as the shortcut function.
  • set the shortcut key to PrintScreen.

Finally click the Add button and done.

In addition, you can add more shortcuts for shutter, e.g., shutter -f to take a screenshot of full-screen and shutter -w for window capturing.

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