For the Kde Spectacle Tool, I want to set the hotkey Print to replace Meta+Shift+Print for a rectangular region screenshot.

For reference: https://docs.kde.org/trunk5/en/kdegraphics/spectacle/starting.html

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I'm assuming you're on Kubuntu 18.04. This answer is based on Kubuntu 18.04.

Open System Settings > Shortcuts > Custom Shortcuts.

System Settings

In there, click on the arrow-head, circled in red, to the left of Screenshots to see the available default actions.

Screenshot actions

You'll see that Print starts the screenshot tool

Print action

and that Meta+Shift+Print takes a screenshot of a rectangular area

Rectangular selection

Now, to use Print to take a rectangular screenshot area, you first need to free up the Print key.

To do so,

  • go back to Start Screenshot Tool
  • click on the Trigger tab
  • click within the the box next to Shortcut
  • then simultaneously press Control+Shift+PrintScreen
  • click Apply in the lower right corner of the window.

Next, re-assign the trigger for Take Rectangular Region Screenshot the same way but just press the PrintScreen key and click Apply.

Now, whenever you press the PrintScreen key, you'll be prompted to select a rectangular area.

Using PrintScreen key to take a rectangular area screenshot

  • Yeah, I am on Kubuntu shown on the tag so I thought it was redundant if I stated it again in the body.
    – Quan Do
    Oct 1, 2018 at 21:06
  • @QuanDo Notice I also mentioned the version. A lot changes from version to version. Just "Kubuntu" isn't enough. Next time, please mention the version as well somewhere. It would be helpful to people trying to help you. Thanks.
    – DK Bose
    Oct 2, 2018 at 0:40
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    Kubuntu 16.04 doesn' t have this option?
    – xgdgsc
    May 7, 2019 at 8:07
  • @xgdgsc I'm sorry, I no longer have access to 16.04 and so can't answer your query.
    – DK Bose
    May 7, 2019 at 9:30

Nowadays Spectacle shortcuts are directly in Global Shortcuts rather than in Custom Shortcuts.

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But the other configuration steps stay nearly the sames

  • I don't know which version you're on, but Kubuntu 19.04 with Plasma 5.16.5 still has the Screenshot shortcuts under Custom Shortcuts.
    – DK Bose
    Sep 26, 2019 at 15:58
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    I have Plasma 5.16.4 and spectacle 19.08.0
    – noraj
    Sep 27, 2019 at 18:44

In Kubuntu 21.10 and KDE 5.22.5 I removed all shortcuts and add a custom for waiting to select.

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