Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have Ubuntu on my MacBook 2007 with a Spanish keyboard, on MacOS the @-sign was typed using Alt (Option) + 2, but on Ubuntu I have no idea. I have to copy and paste it every time. How do I type an at sign?

share|improve this question

Make sure you selected the right keyboard layout. Go to System Settings, click on Keyboard Layout. On the Layout tab you should see a + button. Select the most appropriate keyboard layout as shown bellow.

keyboard layout dialog box

I am not using a Macbook, but the first layout worked as you described to type @. I suppose you are using Ubuntu 11.10.

share|improve this answer
yes, im using 11.1 . the first one didnt work also. i guess because it's a mac keyboard. if I press the alt key the current program running shows the options bar(file, edit, view..) – Luigi Feb 11 '12 at 3:51
@Luigi have you tried the Spanish (macintosh)? – Alexandre Feb 11 '12 at 13:22
same problem here and no solution so far. the (at) @, tilde (~) and brackets [] to mention just a few also don´t work for me on an earlier mbp. – v2r Feb 21 '12 at 7:17

In Ubuntu 14.04

System Settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Typing And define the "Alternative Character Key" I used Right Ctrl Key.

Combine this key with Q or 2.

Result: @

share|improve this answer

With Ubuntu 12.04 on a Macbook Danish keyboard, I get the @ sign with the right Alt+2. It doesn't work with the left alt key as normally on the Mac.

share|improve this answer
No. This is wrong. – king_julien Mar 7 '14 at 20:38
Actually, that's how I do that, but I'm on a Windows Keyboard, AZERTY-Belgium. – MrVaykadji Mar 7 '14 at 21:01

If you want to see where any particular character is on the active keyboard, click on the Keyboard applet in the top right corner of the screen and select 'Show Layout Chart'. You will be shown a detailed plan of your currently selected keyboard layout.

share|improve this answer

to get the @ symbol I just do a Shifted number 2, and it works for me on either Windows or Linux Mint. What I am doing now is to find out how to get a ÷ sign on the keyboard, as right now I used Copy and paste to use the ÷ symbol...LOL

share|improve this answer
And in the Portuguese keyboard in Windows you do Ctrl+Alt+2 but in Ubuntu that = nothing. – Star OS Dec 24 '15 at 10:35

There is an easier way to find which button has the "@" symbol.

To do so, just go to start and search for "On-Screen Keyboard". Once the keyboard screen pops up, look for the @ symbol and BOOM! press shift and the button which has the @ symbol.

share|improve this answer

Ctrl+Shift+U+40 would do the trick!

share|improve this answer

In Ubuntu 16.04 one can choose from two English keyboard layouts by clicking on En1 or En2 at the top right corner of the screen.
@character can be obtained in the standard way shift + 2 by choosing En2 layout, which is the US English layout.

share|improve this answer

I have a macbook pro model 2,2 I found a way to map the 3rd symbol easily. In ubuntu 12.04, in system setting -> keyboard configuration, choose options, there is a option called 3rd level (in spanish Tecla para seleccionar el 3er nivel), I chose the numeric intro that is the right key beside the right mac cmd key, and there you have it presing that key plus 2 I get the at symbol.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.