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I type a lot in Spanish and have a regular 105-key International Keyboard. So I have NO buttons for ñ or other accented letters. However, by setting the keyboard to "US Alternative International" I can easily type many accented letters. Just ' + e = é for instance. This is just like Windows. However, there I was able to type:

SHIFT + 1 = !
SHIFT + CTRL + 1 = ¡
SHIFT + / = ?
SHIFT + CTRL + / = ¿

Very convenient. But I have not been able to find a way to configure this in Ubuntu. I have to go to some site that has these symbols, and then copy-paste. Very inconvenient. Anybody any idea?

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Keyboard layout: USA International (with dead keys)

¿ — Alt(R) + ?

¡ — Alt(R) + !

á — Alt(R) + a

Á — Alt(R) + Shift + a

é — Alt(R) + e

É — Alt(R) + Shift + e

í — Alt(R) + i

Í — Alt(R) + Shift + i

ñ — Alt(R) + n

Ñ — Alt(R) + Shift + n

ó — Alt(R) + o

Ó — Alt(R) + Shift + o

ú — Alt(R) + u

Ú — Alt(R) + Shift + u

ü — Alt(R) + y

Ü — Alt(R) + Shift + y

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I tried this layout but it does not work. The [¿] symbol is shown on the same key as the [?] symbol, but ALT(R) + ? just does not work. Nothing shows up. – user6019 Nov 13 '10 at 16:05
Sorry, my bad... it did not show up in the text area where I could test characters, but after changing the settings system-wide I now have the ¿ available! – user6019 Nov 13 '10 at 16:09

using Fourth Level Choosers

Press AltGr+Shift[held in]+1 to get ¡
Press AltGr+Shift[held in]+- to get ¿

or a bit harder why bother ::))

on Ubuntu press CTRL+SHIFT keep them in , press U and release U then following numbers and letters and release CTRL+SHIFT; then letter/symbol appears


¿ 00BF
¡ 00A1

and see here for more routes

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On the harder solution, I think you need to release all the keys (CTRL, SHIFT and U) before typing in 00BF. And importantly you need to press return when you have finished typing in the 00BF. An underline will appear as you do all this to let you know that you are in "unicode composition" mode. – Declan McGrath 2 days ago

If you are using Ubuntu 10.10 and you are using US International (AltGr dead keys) from the keyboard layout switcher you can choose 'Show current layout' and look for the inverted question mark key. It should be something like using AltGr (right side alt) + ? and will produce ¿

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It is indeed shown there, but even though I try AltGr + ?, nothing shows up! – user6019 Nov 13 '10 at 16:06
Again, my bad - it does not show up in the test box, but it does after changing the setting --- thanks! – user6019 Nov 13 '10 at 16:10

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