How to create custom keyboard shortcut in Ubuntu 16.04

I recently installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my desktop computer. Everything was working fine, except that I was not able to capture screenshots using the 'Insert/Print Screen' key on my Dell keyboard. While googling on the issue, I stumbled upon a workaround that solved my problem.

The workaround was to create a custom keyboard shortcut. If you are also facing a similar screenshot-related problem, or want to know in general how to create custom keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu, you'll be glad to know that's what we'll be discussing here.

How to create custom keyboard shortcut

For this, first head to the System Settings menu, and then click the Keybord icon there.


In the window that appears, open the Shortcuts tab.


Here, click the Custom Shortcuts option at the bottom left, followed by a click on the '+' icon at the bottom. You'll see that a small window will appear where you can provide the shortcut details.


Fill in the shortcut name, and the command you want this shortcut to execute. For example, I entered the following details:


Click the 'Apply' button, and the shortcut will be created. But it will be disable by default.


To enable it, click over the Disabled text, and then press a key combination of your choice (this key-combination will trigger the command that this shortcut corresponds to). For example, I pressed Alt+Insert.


Once done, your custom shortcut is ready. You can use it for whatever purpose it is intended for.

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