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It's nice to keep users informed of software updates but they just don't understand. Enter screenshots.

Non-cumbersome screenshot emailing with Ubuntu 12.04 and Gmail can be done like this:

Install some utilities
sudo apt-get install imagemagick gnome-gmail Make a script: #!/bin/bash NAME=screenshot.png DIR=/tmp import $DIR/$NAME if [ $? != 0 ]; then xdg-email --attach $DIR/$NAME fi Put it in /usr/local/bin/send-screenshot or similar and do chmod +x /usr/local/bin/send-screenshot

Make a shortcut


  • Open System Settings

  • Open Keyboard

  • Open Shorcuts tab

  • Click Custom Shortcuts

  • Click Plus sign button

  • Enter Send screenshot and send-screenshot

  • Click Disabled

  • Press the PrntScrn button



Whew. Anyone got a bash command for this?

Send your first


  • Press the PrntScrn button

  • Select a rectangle with the mouse, or press Ctrl-C to cancel

  • When asked, set gmail-gnome as default email app, and enter your gmail credentials.



Quite the procedure, huh? Please go and do a feature request with the Ubuntu devs to make this a builtin for ALT-PrntScrn or similar.