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How can i make the application, Shutter (takes screenshots) open at startup? I know about sys > prefs > statup applications, but after I go to add what do I fill out the form with? Shutter isn't a command, is it?

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For Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04

You can drag and drop the Shutter menu item (Applications ➜ Accessories ➜ Shutter) into
the Startup Applications window and it will be added to the list of applications that start on login.

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You can drag and drop! Wow thanks for teaching me something today :) – 8128 Oct 23 '10 at 7:06

For the command, add shutter --min_at_startup to make it startup minimized.

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Actually, you answered the question yourself. Go to System -> Preferences -> Startup Applications and add a new item with "Shutter" (or something else) as the name and shutter as the command.

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Make sure you put shutter exactly as mniess typed it--all lower-case. – Matthew Pirocchi Oct 22 '10 at 18:06

Ubuntu 11.10 and Above

Refer to this Question, How do I add/remove the "hidden" startup applications? and specally to this answer to know how to access the startup applications

Then click on ADD and type this command in the CUSTOM field:

sh -c "sleep 50 && shutter --min_at_startup &"

You can change the time of the sleep if you want it to be launched earlier.

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