On Ubuntu 14.04, if the keyboard shortcut does not work to take screenshots of a selected area, follow this link:
In /usr /local/ bin create a script with executable permissions and name it mate-screenshot.
This script introduces a delay that allows mate-screenshots to run the command with the ‘-a’ option
exec /usr/bin/mate-screenshot [email protected]
In the script above, the second row, I put sleep 0. 5 to decrease the time, with 0. 1 is too short and it doesn’t work.
Then create keyboard shortcuts:
Name: Select Area
Command: /usr/local/bin/mate-screenshot -a
Then match the desired keys. (I used Alt+A)
My OS: Ubuntu Mate 14.04 Mate-utils 1.8.2+dfsg1-1~trusty1
On Ubuntu Mate 16. 04 (virtualized on VmWare) I had no need of this script,
I just added the ‘mate-screenshot -a’ command to the keyboard shortcuts.