I am new to Linux and I would like to insert the character that corresponds to the bullet point • when typing text.

I know that I can to do by typing (Crtl+Shift+u and then 2022) but that is quite a tedious solution and I am looking for a easier way to do so (on my macbook, running OSX, it is Alt+8 for instance).

I am running Ubuntu 18.04LTS. Thank you for your help!

  • I want to insert the character itself in a any text editor, from nano to vi, and also in the Terminal. I already know how to do this using the menu button on Office ;) Thanks! – LeChat Sep 23 '18 at 19:33

One way is to define a compose key. Then you can do:

Compose followed by . followed by = => •

This page lists characters you can type in Gtk using a compose key:


  • Oh this is exactly what I was looking for. I already set the Compose key, but I could not find the shortcut . followed by = which gives • – LeChat Sep 23 '18 at 20:12
  • Do you know where I can find the other shortcuts like this one? I have been looking for this for a while... And is it possible to change/edit/add these? – LeChat Sep 23 '18 at 20:13
  • @LeChat: I edited my answer and added a link. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Sep 23 '18 at 20:16
  • IThis is really confusing to get working by reading. I need to see it happen to get it. Can someone post a link to an instructional video somewhere? I've enabled the compose key and tried several times to get any extra characters to show up but I must be doing something wrong or skipping a step and really need to see it in action to be able to confirm which step I'm skipping, if that makes sense.c – Joshua Robison Jul 7 at 3:33
  • @JoshuaRobison: I would suggest that you submit a new question where you ask for clarifications about the use of a compose key. If you do, please refer to the question I linked to. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Jul 7 at 4:42

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