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I know that I'm available to write unicode characters in a terminal application by pressing ctrl+shift+u + unicode hex value, but I don't know how to input ` (the grave accent for example), or any other unicode character when I switch to console mode by pressing ctrl+alt+f1 .

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I think it uses Alt + decimal value: Alt+64 produces @. – solarc Jun 30 '12 at 3:51
Have you tried entering gucharmap in a terminal window? You'll get a GUI with a whole list of symbols. If you click on "General Punctuation", for example, on the left you'll get a grid of symbols. Double-click on the one you want and then click copy from the bottom right corner. Then, go to the terminal window you want and paste with control + shift + v. – user25656 Jun 30 '12 at 6:24
Vim uses digraphs, which include é. Should work in console as well. – LIttle Ancient Forest Kami Apr 30 '13 at 11:45

Ctrl+Shift+U+0060+Enter (with Ctrl+Shift hold during all the process) → `

@solarc: Alt is a Microsoft Windows solution.

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This works only on X terminals, not on the console, which is what the question was about. – roadmr Aug 27 '12 at 0:29
Upvote for both answer and question - I didn't know about this trick. :-) – LIttle Ancient Forest Kami Apr 30 '13 at 11:35

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