I frequently create material containing screenshots from computer. For ~15 years using Windows and Word it was Alt+PrintScreen -> Ctrl+V and the image was in place.

In Ubuntu similar result can be achieved in dozens of different ways/programs but none has similar ease.

Is there a way to get screenshot of active window to say LibreOffice Writer using few keyboard commands only?

This is in Ubuntu 16.04 and 17.10.


Yes there is. Below I listed some shortcuts which are on Ubuntu 14.04 by default. Screenshots will be copied to clipboard automatically.

Ctrl + Alt + PrintScreen = Active window

Ctrl + Shift + PrintScreen = Selected area

Ctrl + PrintScreen = The whole screen

  • And can you Ctrl+V the image to Writer? – Ohto Nordberg Nov 30 '17 at 20:23
  • Yes you can. Give it a try. – jiipeezz Nov 30 '17 at 20:24
  • Ctrl + Alt + PrintScreen -> Ctrl + V (in Gimp) says "There is no image data in the clipboard to paste." Ubuntu 16.04 and 17.10. Ctrl + Shift + Printscreen does work. And Ctrl + Printscreen. Not with Alt. ... Darn! Now it works! Mind Blown. – Ohto Nordberg Nov 30 '17 at 20:26
  • This works for the default Ubuntu 17.10 as well. – FrostedCookies Nov 30 '17 at 20:59
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    Works for 18.04.1 LTS, but Shift + PrintScreen also allows you to copy using a "Selected area", but does not copy it to the clipboard, but stores the screenshot file into ~/Pictures. I am not sure that is by design or what. @jiipeezz perhaps you can update your answer to include Shift + PrintScreen too (but to include a note about it not being copied to the clipboard)? – bgoodr Sep 10 '18 at 13:44

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