Take screenshots using keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu

about use keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots

In this article we are going to take a look at some keyboard shortcuts for taking screenshots in Ubuntu without major tools. In addition, we will also see some tools to take screenshots from the terminal and others to take them from the graphical environment, which are very useful for all the options that they offer us to users.

Many users, including myself, take screenshots in our Ubuntu on a regular basis, either to illustrate an article or a report, etc. Today users have a good amount and variety of applications with a large number of options to take screenshots in Ubuntu, but if at any time you do not have them, knowing the keyboard shortcuts that we are going to see next, can be very useful to get out of the way.

Keyboard shortcuts for taking screenshots in Ubuntu

If you want to capture an image of the content on your desktop and not have to use any extra program, you can use a few very useful keyboard shortcuts. These are a quick fix when you don't have to make any action or change on your captures. Almost all Gnu / Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, support these keyboard shortcuts.

Take screenshots using print screen from keyboard

  • Print Screen: Press on this key takes a full screen capture as is. This is saved in the directory 'Images'. In case you have two screens, the capture will be made from the desktop of both monitors.

Take screenshots using the keyboard shortcut shift + print screen

  • Shift + Print screen: This key combination will give us the possibility to capture a specific region that we can select at will. The image taken will be saved in the directory 'Images'.

Take screenshots using keyboard shortcut Alt + print screen

  • Alt + Print screen: This option will allow us take a screenshot of the current window in which we are working. As in the previous cases, the captured capture is also saved in the 'Images' directory.

Take screenshots using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Print screen

  • Ctrl + Alt + Print screen: With this keyboard shortcut the screenshot of the current window in which we are working will be copied to the clipboard of the System.

Take screenshots using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Print Screen

  • Ctrl + Print screen: With this key combination, the entire screen capture will be copied directly to the system clipboard.

Take screenshots using keyboard shortcuts shift + ctrl + print screen

  • Shift + Ctrl + Print screen: This combination will copy the screenshot of a specific region that we select to the clipboard.

If you use the laptop keyboard, these key combinations should be added the «Fn» key. All the keyboard shortcuts we just looked at make use of the default Gnu / Linux screenshot tool.

Take screenshots using command line tools

The tools that we are going to see next are for those users who like to use the terminal and its command-driven interface.


This tool exists in all distributions that have a gnome desk. To take a screenshot, type the following command in the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):


The capture that the previous command will perform it will be saved in the "Images" folder. We will be able take a look at all the options that this tool will provide us by typing in the terminal:

gnome-screenshot -help

gnome-screenchot -help


This is another tool for the terminal, which also is usually present in most distributions by default. If you don't have it, it can be installed using the command:

install scrot

sudo apt-get install scrot

For, take a full screen shot, write something like:

scrot captura.png

If you are interested capture only one area of ​​your choice, writes:

scrot -s captura.png

For, see all options of this tool, write:

help scrot

scrot -help

Take screenshots using dedicated screenshot tools


flameshot 0.6 capture options

A good option to take our screenshots is use flameshot in Ubuntu. Installing this tool is simple, we will only have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and write in it:

sudo apt install flameshot

If you would like to know more about Flameshot, you can take a look at the article that was once written on this blog.


Related article:
How to install Shutter on Ubuntu 18.10 via repository

This is another tool that I will personally say that I love and that it is the one that I usually use in my day to day to take screenshots in Ubuntu. It is free and can be downloaded easily. Shutter is a perfect option for capturing, managing and editing screenshots. However, an important disadvantage of this tool is that its editing function is disabled by default, even though a colleague told us how solve this problem. Shutter can also help annotate, blur, crop, and upload images.

Shutter screenshot program

For, install ShutterIn a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) we will only have to write the following command:

sudo apt install shutter

After seeing all these options available in Ubuntu, I think that either it is to make quick captures or more elaborate captures, surely any user can find the way that best suits their needs.

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  1.   George said

    Thank you very helpful. Greetings from Perillo (Oleiros) - A Coruña.

  2.   Rafa said

    Good article, especially for those of us who like to do tutorials. I use a lot of Flameshot but recently I have discovered an application that is a marvel for taking captures and allows them to be edited in a very simple and complete way, we can even insert texts about the capture. It is ideal for people who do tutorials. It's called Ksnip, and I personally like it a lot because of how light, simple and efficient it is. One of the things that this application offers, which cannot be done with Flameshot, is the possibility of capturing with a few seconds delay and being able to capture submenus that we open during the wait for the capture assistant to come out. This option is very useful to me, which before I had to do with Kazam and then edit in Gimp, now I directly do everything from Ksnip. I've even added a keyboard shortcut to it to simplify the process.

    1.    Damien Amoedo said

      Hello. About a month ago an article was written about the program you are talking about. Which is a very good option for capturing. Salu2