I use Shutter for screenshots. When I press Print Screen or Shift + Ctrl + Z, a popup appears that a screenshot is going to be made in 2 seconds. After that Shutter opens, and I can then crop the image directly to the relevant part, which is for me the real bonus of this program.

However, I don't like the Shift + Ctrl + Z keybinding as this is used in other programs for redo, so I want to disable or change that to another combination.

How can I make this happen?

  • possible duplicate of How to make Shutter as the default screenshot tool?
    – jobin
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 12:54
  • Not a duplicate. It has no answer to the keybinding and opening Shutter after pressing the PRT SCR key.
    – SPRBRN
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 12:55
  • Did you read the answer?
    – jobin
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 12:58
  • Yes I did and I changed the settings using Compiz. I've updated my question to the part that is not fixed.
    – SPRBRN
    Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 13:03
  • I would appreciate if you could update if the answer I gave works for you or not.
    – Aditya
    Commented May 13, 2014 at 14:13

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You may use the Custom Shortcuts available in Keyboard Settings to capture screenshots using Shutter with different key combinations.

Open System Settings and click on Keyboard.

System Settings Window - click on Keyboard

Next, switch to the Shortcuts tab, select Custom Shortcuts in the sidepanel and click on the + icon to add a new one. In the dialog that pops up, give a name so that you would be able to quickly recognize it later on and the command which you wish to run when the keyboard shortcut gets activated; and click Apply.

I have put "Snap with Shutter" as Name and shutter -f as the Command. (shutter -f captures the full screen, for other available commands, refer to CAPTURE MODE OPTIONS given in man shutter.)

Add custom shortcut

This would create an entry with the name you provided and shortcut as "Disabled" (since you haven't yet provided one to it). To bind a shortcut to it, click on the "Disabled" text and hit the shortcut keys you would wish to bind to it. It it succeeds, the key combination would be visible to you, otherwise it would ask you to provide an another one.

Custom shortcut entry - click on "Disabled" to provide one

  • 2
    I would like to make a shortcut for capture AREA of screen. How can I do this?
    – dlundy1
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 18:33
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    Use "shutter -s" instead of shutter -f
    – n3rd
    Commented Apr 23, 2015 at 5:58
  • Just toadd: also works under UBUNTU-mate 16.04: control centerkeyboards shortcuts and there 'custom' expandable there... what a time saver! ❤
    – Frank N
    Commented Jul 26, 2018 at 14:05
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    To get a list of options available, type shutter --help on the terminal. Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 12:54

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