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Cinnamon Screenshot Shortcuts

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Cinnamon Screenshot Shortcuts
Cinnamon Screenshot Shortcuts

TL;DR: Cinnamon screenshot and recording shortcuts are in Settings -> Hardware -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> System.

I take many screenshots during my day, for work and for fun. I use the Cinnamon desktop environment in Linux Mint. I kept forgetting the keyboard shortcuts to do screenshots directly from the desktop rather than opening up GNOME Screenshot.

Here are the default shortcuts. You can customize them in Keyboard Settings, as shown in the image that started this post.

Action Shortcut
Take a screenshot Print
Take a screenshot of a window Alt + Print
Take a screenshot of an area Shift + Print
Copy area to clipboard Shift + Control + Print
Copy screen to clipboard Control + Print
Copy window to clipboard Control + Alt + Print
Toggle recording desktop Shift + Control + Alt + R

Print may have its own special label on your keyboard. On mine the Print key is labeled PrtSc.

Next, with pictures!

Take A Screenshot

The Print key alone will save your entire screen.

Cinnamon fullscreen screenshot
Fullscreen screenshot, scaled down in GIMP

Take A Screenshot Of A Window

Alt and Print together to save a single window.

Cinnamon window screenshot
Window screenshot, scaled down in Gimp

Take A Screenshot Of An Area

Shift + Print for an area screenshot. Your mouse point will change to a crosshair. Click and drag to select the area you want to save.

Cinnamon area screenshot
An area on the Linux Mint home page

Sometimes I had to hit this combo a few times to get it work. That could be a software bug somewhere or it could just be grit in my keyboard.

Record Desktop

Control + Shift + Alt + R will start recording your desktop, and the same combo will end the recording session. No sound is recorded. Recordings are saved as WebM files in your home directory. WebM support is widespread, although some browsers require codecs to be installed.

For more advanced screen recording functionality, recordMyDesktop looks like a good bet.

I tried several times before I noticed a little red light in the lower right corner when recording is active.

Wanted to show you a video of the area screenshot functionality. The keyboard shortcut for that doesn’t seem to work when recording. Instead I made a video of using the screenshot application.

Since this is more to show about recording videos than anything else, I decided the full resolution video was not needed. I installed FFmpeg and used it to resize the video, following this FFmpeg resizing tutorial.

$ sudo apt-get install ffmpeg
$ ffmpeg -i ~/cinnamon-20161231-9.webm -vf scale=720:-1 \
  static/video/2017/cinnamon-desktop-recording.webm

Ta-da!

Well - “ta-da” assuming your browser supports WebM.