Category: Ubuntu Mate

Added: 8th of December 2021

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Update keybinding for Print Screen button to open mate screenshot and capture active window with delay

The default screen capture application on Ubuntu Mate is mate screenshot. When you press Print Screen on the keyboard, mate screenshot automatically captures an image of the complete desktop.

Instead of capturing the complete desktop, I wanted mate screenshot to only capture the active window but also provide a delay of 4 seconds giving me time to select the active window with the mouse pointer when the Print Screen button is pressed on the keyboard.

If you are using a different Linux distribution, the same procedure should work for you. You just need to access your own keybindings manager and also access the help pages for your default screenshot application.

Open your terminal and enter following command below to launch mate keybinding properties


Next click the Add button at the bottom of the window. The Custom Shortcut window will open

In the Name box enter
Print Active Window

In the Command box enter
mate-screenshot -w --delay=4

Then click Apply

The Print Active Window will now be created under custom shortcuts. The shortcut will also show Disabled

Click on the Print Active Window keybinding, the shortcut will change from Disabled to New shortcut

At this point the system will be waiting for user input, so click the Print Screen button on your keyboard.

You will then be notified that the shortcut is already being used, so just click Reassign.

Reassign key

Your new keybinding for Print Active Screen will now be active. The default Print Keybinding will now be disabled.

Default keybinding now disabled

If you ever need to return to the default keybinding, just remove the Print Active Screen keybinding that you set up.