It works on Ubuntu 17.04 with Unity, however neither via upgrade or a fresh install, does the screenshot keyboard button work on Ubuntu 17.10 with GNOME shell.

Can anyone tell me why or how to fix it?


The PrtScr/Print key still works – but now (U17.10) has different actions bound to it. Go to


and scroll down to Screenshots. It shows

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If that's sufficient for you and you can remember these keystrokes, then you are done. Else refer to @pomsky's answer and set up a shortcut to launch gnome-screenshot --interactive instead.

  • What is the button called <kbd>Print<\kbd> – Viesturs Dec 11 '18 at 11:39
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    @Viesturs I don't get that question. It is the button that is either labelled Print or PrintScreen` or PrtScr or something like that. Sometimes they are labelled in your current language, like Druck on a German keyboard. – PerlDuck Dec 11 '18 at 13:13

Now once you press PrintScreen, gnome-screenshot captures a screenshot and saves it in ~/Pictures/ without asking the user.

You may set a custom keyboard shortcut to launch gnome-screenshot in interactive mode, i.e. when the following window appears providing the user some choices:

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and the options to save or discard the screenshot, chose location to save etc. after capturing.

To set the custom shortcut follow the steps from this answer.

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