I was using the nice screenshot-tool on elementary loki and after taking a screenshot of a window it crashed without prompting for saving the screenshot. Now my system is stuck with the obscured text, also after rebooting.

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Do you know any fast way to get back the text?

Update: the problem is a known bug (https://bugs.launchpad.net/screenshot-tool/+bug/1592363). A workaround is installing elementary-tweaks and press the button reset font in the font tab. I had some real panic moments, I work with my PC. This bug is very bad in my opinion and the medium status is not enough.

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In the case of the OP, the original font settings needed to be restored.

Other suggestions:

  • You might want to open the screenshot app again and uncheck "conceal text" (even without taking a screenshot).
  • You might try to open a guest session to check what has been changed.
  • Thanks for the answer. I already tried it. I tried all the combination possible in the screenshot app. And I restarted multiple times. Could be present a "deeper" switch to toggle? By the way, it's a very uncomfortable situation. X(
    – arctee
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 17:29
  • What if you open a guest session?
    – lemonslice
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 18:09
  • Guest session works fine.
    – arctee
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 19:58
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    After some panic I found a way to restore text. The font settings needed to be restored. This setting is per user so it did not affect the guest session. Thanks @lemonslice for helping me.
    – arctee
    Commented Nov 26, 2016 at 20:33

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