Making unicode characters on a US keyboard

Kenneth Marcy kmmos1 at
Mon Dec 16 05:00:20 UTC 2013

On 12/15/2013 8:30 PM, Kevin O'Gorman wrote:
> In some OSen there's a way to make arbitrary characters, even on a
> limited keyboard.
> Right now I'm wanting to use some of the characters from Latin-1 in
> chat rooms that have no special provision for this, and I only have a
> USA keyboard.  I can cut-and-paste the characters, but that's super
> clumsy.  I like to keep my fingers in one spot.
> Is there a way to do this on Linux?
> I'm on Xubuntu 13.04, if it matters.

Just type in the Unicode number for the symbol you want after typing in 
Ctrl + Shift + u.

For example, Ctrl + Shift + u then U00A1 results in an inverted 
exclamation mark.

This is equivalent to doing Alt + 0161 that you may have learned from 
Windows Character Map.

Memorize a list of your most often used symbols' Unicode numbers, and 
you'll be ready to chat.


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