Integrating Shutter With KDE 4.7


Forget KSnapshot!

Did you know that you can integrate Shutter with KDE 4.7?  Yes, you sure can.  Shutter is an excellent tool for screen captures regardless of your desktop environment.


If you use Shutter for taking screenshots, what is the use of launching KSnapshot when you press prt scr?  A guide for this already exists here, but it’s a little dated.  The guide is from Shutter’s homepage, but it shows the process using KDE 4.2.  Some things have changed since then, so you might have some issues stumbling through that one.

OK, how do I do this?

First, open up System Settings and find Shortcuts and Gestures.

Next, find Custom Shortcuts and click on Preset Actions.

Now, go to the Action tab.  You will find the ksnapshot command already here.  Replace with;

shutter --full

Now, this preset actions already has a key bound to it.  Can you guess which one?  Anyway, that can be change if you don’t like it.

Go to the Trigger tab and set a key you would like to use instead.

You can set more than just plain Shutter here.  I use Shutter primarily in 3 ways; fullscreen, selection and window mode.  If  you want to set these, you should:

Right-click on Preset Actions ==> New ==> Global Shortcut ==> Command/URL.

Now, just give your shortcut a name and configure it just like the last one!  I use the following key-bindings:

Fullscreen:  Super Key + Prt Scr

Selection:  Super Key + `

Window:  Super Key + W

You will find a treasure trove of new possibilities here.  KDE doesn’t try to impose anything on the user that can’t be changed, so go play around and see what kind of trouble you can get into!  What’s the worse thing that could happen?

That’s it folks!  Anyone know of any native KDE alternatives out there that are as good as Shutter?  Sound off in the comments below!


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.