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Take screenshots in KDE with win+shift+s



  • Take screenshots with win+shift+s.
  • Screenshot should be copied to clipboard so it can be pasted into other applications.
  • Screenshot should be saved into a file so it can be referred to later.


  • KDE running on Debian stable

tags | screen snip


# Go to Custom Shortcuts
K Menu -> System Settings -> Workspace -> Shortcuts -> Custom Shortcuts
# Create a new custom group called Spectacle
-> Edit -> New Group -> give it a name, say, "Spectacle"
-> Click on the checkbox next to Spectacle
# create new custom shortcut(s)
-> Edit > New > Global Shortcut > Command/URL
--> Give it a name, say, "PrintScreen Clipboard Rectangular"
--> Comment: Copy the screenshot into clipboard and also save it to a file.
--> Trigger: Meta+Shift+S
# The output directory will be created if it does not already exist.
--> Action: Command/URL: spectacle -bcr -o "$HOME/Pictures/Screenshots/Screenshot from $(date +'%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S').png"
-> Apply

Testing results

  • Can take screenshots using Win+Shift+s
  • Screenshots can be pasted into other applications such as lowriter using ctrl+v
  • Screenshots are stored in ~/Pictures/Screenshots
    rajulocal@hogwarts ~ % ls -1 ~/Pictures/Screenshots
    'Screenshot from 2023-04-24 17:32:36.png'
    'Screenshot from 2023-04-24 18:14:57.png'

  • Tested on

    % spectacle --version
    spectacle 20.12.3
    % cat /etc/os-release 
    PRETTY_NAME="Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)"
    NAME="Debian GNU/Linux"
    VERSION="11 (bullseye)"
    % uname -a
    Linux hogwarts 5.10.0-17-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 5.10.136-1 (2022-08-13) x86_64 GNU/Linux

See also

May be useful later

After adding this, I have

rajulocal@hogwarts ~/.config % git grep -i --no-index "PrintScreen Clipboard Rectangular"
kglobalshortcutsrc:{3d9c7702-3955-4696-a8d5-89bd46f488ac}=Meta+Shift+S,none,PrintScreen Clipboard Rectangular
khotkeysrc:Name=PrintScreen Clipboard Rectangular
take_screenshots_in_kde_with_win_shift_s.txt · Last modified: 2023/04/24 22:51 by admin