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Does anyone know how I can insert the Interpunct character (also known as midline decimal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpunct ) in Ubuntu. The combination mentioned in the Wikipedia article does not seem to Work:

Alt Gr + .

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Simply press Ctrl+Shift+U, then type "00b7Enter", i.e. the unicode value of interpunct character.

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The default way to do this is given in the Ubuntu Help page: The Gtk Dead Key Compose Table. The sequence for the middle dot is: ThirdLevel Chooser + DeadKey-Cirucmflex + period or expanded: AltGr + Shift + AltGr + Shift + ^ + .. This is supposed to work even without changing keyboard options.

Compose key combinations, however, did not work reliably on my system until I set a compose key in the Keyboard Layout.

Settings > Keyboard Layout > Options > Expand Compose Key Position and choose the key you want. I chose RightAlt so now, RightAlt + Shift (now in 3rd level) + Shift + ^ + . inserts the middle dot.

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+1 for the use of the underrated Compose key! Much easier to remember than hexadecimal unicode values of characters. –  gertvdijk Jan 18 '13 at 22:12
    
What does it mean to press Shift twice in a row? –  Ruslan Feb 27 at 10:05
    
@Ruslan I don't think the first press of Shift is necessary as outlined in chakes response. It works simply by tapping and releasing the designated Compose key then hold Shift + ^ together (for the tilde char - shifted 6) release then tap . to insert the middle dot. A three step movement. –  Graham Apr 1 at 13:26
    
@Ruslan Sorry I couldn't get back to you earlier. It mean alt+shift then release, then the rest of the sequence. This was to get into the 3rd level chooser. I tested this a lot at the time at it sure seemed necessary. But Graham is correct that it now no longer appears necessary. Just compose+shift+^+. –  chaskes Apr 3 at 16:29
    
@Graham Thanks. See comment above. –  chaskes Apr 3 at 16:29

Copy an interpunct · from Wikipedia or anywhere. Paste and save it in a document on your desktop. Copy from there and paste when you need to use it. Or, from your word processing program's toolbar, go to insert, select special character, choose the raised dot (6th row down, 12th over in Microsoft Works), and change the font size to whatever you want it to be. It isn't perfect (it's much lower than an actual interpunct) but it's a little higher than a period. Also the lower case letter l in both wingdings and webdings makes a black dot but it isn't much higher than a period. Lower case h in Marlett makes a similar dot, but quite a bit larger and Marlett keeps inserting a box for a blank space, which is kind of a nuisance. You could type all the upper and lower case keys on your keyboard, then try out each font in your system to see if any of them produce a better looking "interpunct."

Here is a larger interpunct if you would like to copy it for pasting elsewhere: interpunct • interpunct

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