I wish to take multiple screenshots to put into a presentation, but the Screenshot application closes after each area selection screenshot. How do I take multiple screenshots without the application closing each time?

(This feature is available in Windows 10's Snippet tool, so I expect it to exist in Ubuntu.)

  • I thought a workaround would be 'gnome-screenshot -c -a -d 5' in terminal, but I am met with the error, "Conflicting options: --area and --delay should not be used at the same time.". I do not understand why these options are regarded as conflicting; it seemed better than using the Screenshot GUI, since I could just up-arrow, Enter to repeat ...
    – DBinJP
    Dec 1, 2017 at 7:42

3 Answers 3


There's also a list of keyboard shortcuts you can utilize:

PrtSc Save a screenshot of the entire screen
Shift + PrtSc Save a screenshot of a specific region
Alt + PrtSc Save a screenshot of the current window

Ctrl + PrtSc Copy the screenshot of the entire screen to the clipboard
Shift + Ctrl + PrtSc Copy the screenshot of a specific region to the clipboard
Ctrl + Alt + PrtSc Copy the screenshot of the current window to the clipboard

  • these worked great for me on linuxmint. how come this doesnt have more likes? super useful
    – zzapper
    Oct 14, 2019 at 15:22
  • Edit: on newer installation of linuxmint, It works great for me as well
    – BanAnanas
    Oct 14, 2019 at 17:55

It doesn't look like Screenshot can do that, but you can use shutter instead:

sudo apt-get install shutter

UPDATE 2020-08-14: In Ubuntu 20.04 Screenshot can take multiple screenshots.

  • Unfortunately this doesn't work as of 18.10, itsfoss.com/install-shutter-ubuntu
    – James K
    May 12, 2020 at 10:20
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    Ubuntu 20.04 Screenshot can take multiple screenshots How? I failed to find this option.
    – Tino
    Jun 7, 2021 at 13:34
  • @Tino After capturing, click the back button (the "<" button) on the top left corner of the Screenshot app to take a new capture.
    – bennylp
    Jun 16, 2021 at 7:14
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    @bennylp How do I keep the window open? It immediately closes. No window, no back-button.
    – Tino
    Jun 17, 2021 at 9:56

Here is a workaround: Ctrl+Alt+T to open Terminal, man gnome-screenshot to learn about the command; gnome-screenshot -i to quickly open the Screenshot GUI; Ctrl+C (within Terminal) to terminate the process after copying the screenshot to clipboard; up arrow, Enter to quickly execute the command again for another screenshot. This saves time compared to opening Screenshot from Launcher each time.

  • Or run infinite loop with gnome-screenshot in terminal while true; do gnome-screenshot -i; done.
    – ks1322
    Sep 4, 2019 at 11:50

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