activate Alt to allow Alt+numPad write ASCII chars

Jaime Davila jdavila at
Wed May 23 18:31:06 UTC 2007

Amimusa MANoU wrote:
> Hello,
> I am using Ubuntu 7.04 - Feisty with an English keyboard layout.
> I need to write ASCII characters because I am Spanish and sometimes I 
> need to use 'egne' char.
> My keyboard is a DELL model SK-8115
> Can somebody tell me what configuration I need to use to allow this 
> functionality?
> Please, do a reply to all to get a reply easier since I have this email 
> account a little mess.
> Thanks in advance.


I don't know if you're using gnome or KDE, or something else, but I'll 
tell you how I get Spanish characters under gnome.

Start->System->Preferences->Keyboard gets me to the keyboard preferences.

Click on the "Layout Options" tab.

Click on the "Compose key position" option.

I chose right-alt, and now I can get ñ by typing, right-alt-shift-~, 
followed by n. I do something similar for stuff like accents, ü, ¿, etc.


Jaime J. Dávila
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Hampshire College
School of Cognitive Science
jdavila at hampshire dot edu

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