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When I use the print screen key - PrtSc - I get the option of where to save. That works fine.

However when I shift-ctrl-PrtSc I hear the picture being 'taken' but I don't get a chance to specify the location.

I have checked the following locations and they do NOT have the screenshot:

My Desktop
My Documents
My home directory
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+1 because I too want to know. Partial in where? Memory? Special tmp folder?.. photo heaven? – Luis Alvarado Feb 13 '13 at 21:35
But why not just use Shift-Print if you want a prompt to save? And I think the out-of-the-box default for gnome-screenshot is (or was) ~/Pictures. – user25656 Feb 14 '13 at 3:05
up vote 10 down vote accepted

As I know holding Ctrl copies the screenshot to the clipboard and you need to paste it in an application to save it.

You can check the shortcut keys in Keyboard Settings.

Screenshot shortcuts

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I wonder why the first two one are doubled! – AliNa Feb 13 '13 at 21:57

I played around some more and found that using alt-fn-PrtSc will copy the window only and then give me the option of where to save.

2014 - Update

PrnScn - Capture the entire screen (all windows) and ask where to save
Alt PrntScn - Capture the currently focused window and ask where to save
Shift PrtScn - Select specific area for capture and ask where to save

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I am used to using alt+print method. But, do you know how to change it's default save folder? I tried to configure it in dconf-editor, I set the auto-save-directory of gnome-screenshot to specified location. But, it doesn't work. It still saves the captured picture in My Pictures folder. – Oki Erie Rinaldi Aug 13 '15 at 4:16
It isn't like you said (".. and then give me the option of where to save."). It's automatically save the picture to My Pictures folder. And oh, I was using gnome desktop instead of unity. – Oki Erie Rinaldi Aug 13 '15 at 4:20

try using Shutter instead, It's awesome:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa    
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install shutter

However I think you can also try this not sure if it will fix that exactly:

gsettings set org.gnome.gnome-screenshot auto-save-directory to 

you can also use get to see where it is suppose to be saving them:

gsettings get org.gnome.gnome-screenshot 

Source: Why doesn't the PrintScreen dialog show up in Gnome?

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Shift+PrtScn is a better way, as you will be prompted for where to save the screenshot (and by what filename).

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