I'm a new Ubuntu Desktop user and looking for snapshot tool to use as alternative to Greenshot in Windows.

I found Shutter is the one. Though I want to copy the image in Shutter built-in editor to clipboard so that I can paste it quickly to my post(s) on the web.

But selecting copy on the editor menu not get me there. So how can we have snapshot image to be copied to Ubuntu clipboard?

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I am not familiar with Greenshot but there are some default key combinations under Xenial Xerus LTS which should help you out. Note in particular the 3 sets of key combinations that send directly to the clipboard:

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Working well here and should work well for you as well :)

  • This is Ubuntu system screenshots utility not Shutter tool right - I'm looking for copying it from Shutter editor. Thanks for your tips any way.
    – Nam G VU
    Jul 17, 2016 at 4:57
  • @NamGVU OIC, I have had a closer look at shutter and certainly on my system a right click on the screenshot itself and select 'Copy' works. But not on your system?
    – andrew.46
    Jul 17, 2016 at 5:04
  • Yeah, must do that outside the editor. Thanks.
    – Nam G VU
    Jul 17, 2016 at 5:23
  • @NamGVU I was going to add this to my answer but you have answered the question yourself?
    – andrew.46
    Jul 17, 2016 at 5:27
  • Please note the time... I posted the same time you comment. Not taking yours as an answer. I'm not that style.
    – Nam G VU
    Jul 17, 2016 at 9:19

I found the final answer for this

  1. Make sure Shutter main window shown after taking the snapshot. You could config this in Shutter option/preference

  2. Do the annotation on the image

  3. Save it - you will be brought back to the main window

  4. Hit Ctrl-C/Copy

  5. Done - you got the snapshot in the clipboard

  • Not sure why you wouldn't simply use gnome-screenshot -c or gnome-screenshot -ac, ( the latter for an area). Jul 20, 2016 at 10:50
  • I need annotion tools on the snapshot e.g. auto-numbering, highlighter, text editor, arrow, rectangle ect. Only available in Shutter.
    – Nam G VU
    Jul 20, 2016 at 10:52
  • perfect. Shutter's docs are a bit dire.
    – DevDonkey
    Jan 21, 2020 at 15:24

Found a workaround, though not directly from the editor, as steps below.

  1. Open Shutter Session as the attached snapshot
  2. Pick up your snapshot in the listing
  3. Right click - Copy to copy it
  4. Done - you got it on Ubuntu clipboard ready to paste.

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