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.


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 '15 at 15:29
  • Just open settings, and into keyboard you find something like this: i.stack.imgur.com/z1xXQ.png Jun 7 '16 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 '18 at 14:06
  • outdated answer
    – marcdahan
    Apr 12 '21 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


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


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