I use MATE as desktop viewer. How can I add a shortcut for taking a screenshot of a part of the windows and copy it to the clipboard? Basically what with gnome the command control-shift-stamp.


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There are a set of keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu specifically for screenshots.

Go to System Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Screenshots. In my case it is Ctrl+Shift+Print_Screen

Keyboard Shortcuts

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    Could you provide a screenshot of this? (Or a little more detail?)
    – RolandiXor
    Mar 17, 2015 at 15:29
  • Just open settings, and into keyboard you find something like this: i.stack.imgur.com/z1xXQ.png Jun 7, 2016 at 14:09
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    "Copy a screenshot of an area to clipboard" has changed my life! My old workflow was to crop with GIMP. This is much better.
    – LondonRob
    Mar 22, 2018 at 14:06
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    outdated answer
    – marcdahan
    Apr 12, 2021 at 4:14

I found out the solution. First, open the shortcut dialog window and press add to add a new shortcut. Then paste this code:

gnome-screenshot -a -c

For other useful gnome-screenshot command, from the terminal: gnome-screenshot --help

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    It would be good for other readers, if you accept your own answer (see Can I answer my own question?). Mar 17, 2015 at 18:23
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    You have to do this manually starting in Gnome 41+ - what I'm finding is that occasionally my shortcut just stops working... but perhaps that's another issue to figure out.
    – Jmoney38
    Jul 7 at 19:38

For Gnome, copying portion of the screen to clipboard is Ctrl+Shift+PrtScrn.


It looks like they've recently removed this in the newest versions on GNOME, but you can reinstate it by combining some of the existing answers here, specifically:

  1. Go to Settings > Keyboard > View and Customize Shortcuts > Custom Shortcuts.

  2. Click the + and create a new shortcut with:
    Command gnome-screenshot -acf /tmp/gnome-screenshot-area
    Shortcut Shift + Ctrl + Print

Note: saving the screenshot to file is intentional (thanks @grabantot).

Another note: I switched back to Wayland, which seems to have broken this method.

Custom Shortcut

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    The screenshot doesn't appear in the clipboard. I believe this is due to some issue with gnome that it doesn't preserve the values in clipboard after the application that added the value exits or something like that. Had a similar issue with using xclip in scripts.
    – grabantot
    Jul 4 at 13:01
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    Found the solution here askubuntu.com/a/1212806/626636
    – grabantot
    Jul 7 at 20:58

I had some issues with getting the custom selection to copy to clipboard. What worked for me is: gnome-screenshot --area -c

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