I am new to Plasma and I don't know how to take a screenshot. From what I've seen there isn't any shortcut for that so I would like to create one, if only I knew how to do it.

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    You haven't mentioned any OS or release details, but just pressing PrtScr on my Kubuntu 20.04.1 system will take a screenshot & opens a spectacle window offering to save it, or take another (with/without delay, include mouse pointer, area, current screen, both screens, etc).
    – guiverc
    Sep 29, 2020 at 4:49
  • @guiverc I am sorry. I have Ubuntu 20.04 with KDE Plasma GUI. With the default GUI the prt sc for screenshot worked.
    – KGBeast
    Sep 29, 2020 at 12:18

4 Answers 4


You can run the program called spectacle.

In case you have to install it manually, just type the following command in your terminal and follow the instructions:

sudo apt install kde-spectacle
  • It worked for Fedora 35 (Plasma)
    – shahjapan
    Nov 22, 2021 at 9:13
  • should work everywhere, this is KDE's standard program
    – ivan.ukr
    Nov 22, 2021 at 10:30

These keyboard shortcuts are the default in Kubuntu 20.04.1:

To take a screenshot of the entire screen (all displays), the keyboard shortcut is Shift + Prt Sc.

To take a screenshot of the active window, the keyboard shortcut is Super + Prt Sc.

Screenshots taken from keyboard shortcuts are automatically saved in ~/Pictures.

You can customize the keyboard shortcuts for screenshots under System Settings > Shortcuts > Custom Shortcuts > Screenshots.

  • This works in Kubuntu 21.10
    – ATutorMe
    Jan 25, 2022 at 0:45

You can configure win+shift+s to take a screenshot using the steps below. The screenshot is copied to the clipboard so it can be pasted into other applications such as lowriter. The screenshots are also saved in a folder, ~/Pictures/screenshots , with a time stamp for later reference.


# Go to Custom Shortcuts
K Menu -> System Settings -> Workspace -> Shortcuts -> Custom Shortcuts
# Create a new custom group called Spectacle
-> Edit -> New Group -> give it a name, say, "Spectacle"
-> Click on the checkbox next to Spectacle
# create new custom shortcut(s)
-> Edit > New > Global Shortcut > Command/URL
--> Give it a name, say, "PrintScreen Clipboard Rectangular"
--> Comment: Copy the screenshot into clipboard and also save it to a file.
--> Trigger: Meta+Shift+S
# The output directory will be created if it does not already exist.
--> Action: Command/URL: spectacle -bcr -o "$HOME/Pictures/Screenshots/Screenshot from $(date +'%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S').png"
-> Apply

Once setup and after taking a couple of screenshots (using win+shift+s), you can see the files in ~/Pictures/Screenshots .

% ls -1 ~/Pictures/Screenshots
'Screenshot from 2023-04-24 17:32:36.png'
'Screenshot from 2023-04-24 18:14:57.png'

I tested this on Debian 11 (bullseye) using spectacle 20.12.3.

Ref:- https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?t=140137 - I found the above solution here. I just aggregated it into a single post for easy reference. All the credit goes to the original authors.


Apart from Spectacle there's also xfce4-screenshooter which has the option 🞅 Host on Imgur:

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