Upon pressing the Print Screen key, bell sound is heard, instead of taking a screenshot. I have gnome-screenshot installed on my device.

  • Did you check in Pictures folder? Commented Jun 9, 2020 at 3:28
  • No pictures in Pictures folder.
    – Voiceroy
    Commented Jun 9, 2020 at 3:42
  • Please edit your question and add what you expect to happen when you press the key.
    – danzel
    Commented Jun 9, 2020 at 7:21
  • Same problem here. When I press Maj+Impr, I see my cursor changes so I can take a screenshot of a part of my screen but sometimes I hear a bip sound which indicates it didn't work and sometimes a bip sound which indicates it should have worked. But in both cases, my picture folder is empty. I'm on Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS...
    – Autechre
    Commented Dec 22, 2023 at 12:52

1 Answer 1


Most likely, the PrintScreen key is associated with copying the screenshot to the clipboard. So, you need to paste the image from the clipboard to any application which supports images.

If you want to change this behaviour, launch Settings, go to Keyboard shortcuts. Look for the screenshots section. See whether the PrintScreen key has been associated with any action or not. If not, click on Save a screenshot to Pictures and set it to the PrintScreen key.

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  • A simple solution to a confusing problem. This works on debian as well. Thanks @Puspm.
    – raz
    Commented Apr 12, 2023 at 9:57

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