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I'm running both Ubuntu (10.04) and WinXp on the same machine, thus using the same keyboard. On Windows I have selected "United States (International)" as my keyboard setting.

In Ubuntu I have "USA International (AltGr Dead Keys)". However, they work slightly different.

When I press the ["] -key (or the [']-key) in Windows, the resulting character depends on the next typed character. For example I can get foreign characters like "é" and "ë".

When I press the ["] -key in Ubuntu, it just displays a " character, thus not allowing me to get special characters.

I prefer the Windows version, but don't know how to get this done in Ubuntu.

Here's a few screenshots to show you in case I failed to explain: Windows:


Ubuntu (same key sequence):


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You have to combine the dead key with the right alt key. For example, to get é, type RightAlt+' then E.

I've encountered the other option in the past (possibly back in the days when I used XP) and been annoyed by it. In my view, Ubuntu's approach is superior. After all, typing ' is more common than typing é; thus, it should be easier to type.

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thanks, tbh I didn know what was meant by dead keys. I changed it from 'altgr dead keys' to 'with dead keys' and now has the desired effect. wóót ;). Also whether or not it's superior, depends on what language you speak. I have a US laptop but I write in dutch, french, Icelandic, ... all of which ocassionally use accents and even though type ['] is more common, going to character map everytime you are typing a text is a LOT more cumbersome. Thanks so much!!! – joon Apr 18 '11 at 15:40
Why would you need to go to character map with AltGr dead keys? – JanC Apr 18 '11 at 16:20

If you still want the dead key behaviour (typing ' and e resulting in é), you can use the English (US, international with dead keys) layout.

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Use the English (US, Alternative international) layout.

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