How do I change the behavior of the PrntScrn-key such that it launches the Screenshot application?

The default behavior for the PrntScrn-key on my computer is to take a screen shot of the whole screen, but I'd like Screenshot Application to launch so I can choose which part of the screen to capture.

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  1. Go to System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts

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  1. Choose Custom and click on the + sign.

  2. You'll be requested to enter a command. Type this as a command: screenshot-tool.

  3. Click on the Disabled string next to it.

  4. Press your Print Screen button.

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  1. You'll get this dialog. Press the Reassign button.

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    after making the changes like what you told. i pressed print screen button but nothing happened to me'
    – Kvvaradha
    Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 11:45

The default screenshot tool of elementary OS offers the possibility to record only a portion of the screen or just the current running app. Have a look at the keyboard options in the system settings. There is a section just for screenshots with all possible hotkeys.


Follow @r3bl steps but use this command:

screenshot-tool --screen --clipboard

this will take a screenshot and save it to the clipboard too. These are all the options you can add:

--window    Capture active window
--area      Capture area
--screen    Capture the whole screen
--delay     Take screenshot after specified delay
--grab      Include the pointer with the screenshot
--redact    Redact system text
--clipboard Save screenshot to clipboard

In Juno, there's a shortcut section for screenshots. It includes several shortcut options. Shift + PrintScreen lets you select an area to grab:

screenshot shortcuts in juno

(You can see from the screenshot I started with disabling the default shortcut, but I'm going to re-enable it, as the point in changing it was to get the functionality of the Shift + PrintScreen shortcut.)


Go to System settings --> Keyboard --> add custom shortcut of printscreen select screenshot app and done.

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