Type Accents: Linux

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Here are some ways to type accents in Linux:

International Keyboard

If you use a lot of accents, the simplest way to type them is with the US-International or UK-Extended keyboard. You just need to select this keyboard in your System Settings, and then you can use it as described here.

Character Map (Ubuntu)

Go to Menu > Accessories > Character Map and click the necessary character.

Character Palette (Ubuntu 10.04)

  1. Right-click on the top bar
  2. Click "Add to Panel”
  3. Select and add “Character Palette"

The small arrow on the left will give a choice of palettes which you can modify to contain any accented letter or other character. Left-click a character, then hold down Control Key and type V to insert it at the cursor position.

Compose Key

Choose an unused key (e.g., the Windows key) to be the Compose Key, then you can hold it down and type e’ to get é, or a` to get à. The combinations are pretty intuitive.

Where to specify the Compose Key changes from system to system, for example,

  • KDE
  • SuSE: Control Center > Accessibility Options > Keyboard Properties > Options > Compose Key
  • Ubuntu 8.04 (Gnome desktop): Ubuntu menu > Settings > Preferences > Keyboard > Layouts > Layout Options > Compose Key Position
  • Ubuntu 8.10 to 10.04 (Gnome): System > Preferences > Keyboard > Layouts > (Layout) Options > Compose Key Position


These instructions were provided to me by Linux users. If there are mistakes or omissions, please let me know.

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