Ubuntu – How to printscreen direct to clipboard

By default in Ubuntu 16.04, when the printscreen key is pressed on the keyboard the gnome-screenshot window loads – which gives you the option to either copy to the clipboard or save as a picture.

The steps below show how to make the printscreen key automatically copy to the clipboard.

  1. Click on the ‘System Settings’ icon in the launcher
  2. Click on the ‘Keyboard’ icon
  3. Click on the ‘Shortcuts’ tab at the top of the window
  4. In the left hand menu, click on ‘Screenshots’
  5. In the list of options, select ‘Copy a screenshot to the clipboard’ then press the printscreen (PrtScr) button on the keyboard
  6. Click ‘Reassign’ to confirm the changes

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