Everyone has their own favourite way to take notes in Kali. For me it involves copy-pasting lots of snippets into a CherryTree workbook.
One thing we can probably agree on is that we don’t want to press too many buttons every time we take a screenshot. I wasn’t happy with most of the suggestions online and did some experimenting. This is what I have now:
- I press a global shortcut (Ctrl-Alt-P). This invokes gnome-screenshot with predefined settings and my mouse turns into a cross cursor.
- I drag out a box. When I release the mouse button the image is placed on the clipboard.
- I click in CherryTree and Ctrl-V.
This is about as streamlined as it gets and I can add more shortcuts if I want variations. Setting it up was pretty straightforward once I found my way around GNOME. First install gnome-screenshot, which is not installed in the default Kali Linux image:
# apt install gnome-screenshot
Open System Settings from the top right menu.
Navigate to Devices then Keyboard.
Scroll down and press the + button. Add a new shortcut that calls gnome-screenshot. Here I’m saying that I want to drag out an area
-a and it should copy the result to the clipboard
There are lots of arguments so you can make it do what you want.
Usage: gnome-screenshot [OPTION…] Help Options: -h, --help Show help options --help-all Show all help options --help-gapplication Show GApplication options --help-gtk Show GTK+ Options Application Options: -c, --clipboard Send the grab directly to the clipboard -w, --window Grab a window instead of the entire screen -a, --area Grab an area of the screen instead of the entire screen -b, --include-border Include the window border with the screenshot -B, --remove-border Remove the window border from the screenshot -p, --include-pointer Include the pointer with the screenshot -d, --delay=seconds Take screenshot after specified delay [in seconds] -e, --border-effect=effect Effect to add to the border (shadow, border, vintage or none) -i, --interactive Interactively set options -f, --file=filename Save screenshot directly to this file --version Print version information and exit --display=DISPLAY X display to use