Making unicode characters on a US keyboard

Liam Proven lproven at
Mon Dec 16 12:41:06 UTC 2013

On 16 December 2013 04:30, Kevin O'Gorman <kogorman at> 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.

Enable the Compose key. Learn some of the common combinations -
they're mostly self-explanatory, such as 'e' + '=' -> '€' or 'y' + '='
-> '¥'.

This is trivial under GNOME and Unity. I know that Lubuntu does not
have the option at all; Xubuntu may not either.

It can be done from the shell using XModmap but it's tricky to get working.

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