Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I often need to type characters that aren’t on the keyboard, like € ½ ÷ © ¥ or ¢.
compose key to the rescue.
pick a key on your keyboard you don’t use much, like [Insert], [CapsLock], or [menu], and make it the “compose key”.
Then to make any character, you just hit the compose key, then type the two obvious keys that, when combined, make up the character.
* To get €, just type e then =
* To get ©, just type o then c
* To get ® just type o then r
* To get £, just type L then -
* To get ¥, just type Y then =
* ¢ is c then |
* ÷ is - then :
* ½ is 1 then 2
* ¼ is 1 then 4
* ñ is n then ~
By default this function is not assigned to any key. You can tell the X server what key to use for this function with the following command
setxkbmap -option compose:keyname
setxkbmap -option compose:caps
to assign it to the caps-lock key.
or setxkbmap -option compose:rwin
to assign your right "Windows" key
to make it persisistent after a reboot simply insert the command in your
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