I need often to create Slides from portions of screen. I've found several tools like Shutter which are able to capture an image, however my need is to put the image directly in the Clipboard so that I can paste in in my LibreOffice quickly. Any idea ? Thanks!

  • Why not just use PrtScr, paste that in and crop it there? – TheWanderer Apr 14 '16 at 12:41
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    cropping needs some variables to be set. How to decide what will stay? – Jacob Vlijm Apr 14 '16 at 12:43
  • But Printscreen stores the image in the Pictures folder. I need to manually open and crop – Francesco Marchioni Apr 14 '16 at 12:45
  • Hi Jacob. I'm looking for a tool which lets you select the cropping area on the screen (like shutter) which however stores in the image directly on the Clipboard. With dozens of images to be grabbed that would help me a lot – Francesco Marchioni Apr 14 '16 at 12:56
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    The default shift+prnscr shortcut allows selecting an area to grab and then popup appears which has option to copy to clipboard. That's twostep process but works. Let me know if that's an acceptable answer for you – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Apr 14 '16 at 12:59

Press Shift + Prt Scr.

Then you will be able to select a portion of a screen.

After that you will be able to choose either to copy it to clipboard or save as a file.

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Use gnome-screenshot (already on your system if you use Unity or Gnome)

The easiest is to use good old gnome-screenshot, by default installed. Simply put the command:

gnome-screenshot -ac

under a shortcut key. The cursor will change into a cross, and your selection is copied to the clipboard directly.

Add it to a shortcut

Choose: System Settings > "Keyboard" > "Shortcuts" > "Custom Shortcuts". Click the "+" and add the command:

gnome-screenshot -ac


From man screenshot:

   -a, --area
          Grab  an  area  of  the  screen instead of the entire


   -c, --clipboard
          Send the grab directly to the clipboard.
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  • Didn't know it had -c flag , that'll be useful. +1 – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy Apr 14 '16 at 13:05
  • @Serg Thanks :) I remembered from earlier occasions :) – Jacob Vlijm Apr 14 '16 at 13:06

Install shutter. Once installed, run it; you can snap a selection of screen directly (1) (and copy and paste immediatly with CTRL-C CTRL-V), or edit it (2) and add markers, labels, highlights and crops:

shutter's own screenshot

It has extensive configuration and can reside in your panel (3).

It's in the Universe repository, so it's just a

sudo apt-get install shutter 


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