On a German keyboard layout I just need to press Alt Gr+m to get a 'µ' (micro) symbol.

How to do so on a English (US) keyboard?

  • Do you use it (µ) in any special program like Tex? – mja Dec 3 '18 at 9:20
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    The Unicode is "U+03BC". So pressing Ctrl+Shift+U all together, then releasing all keys and typing 03bc should get you μ in gtk applications. If you have a Compose key set up on your English (US) keyboard, pressing and releasing the Compose key and then typing m followed by u should do it. – DK Bose Dec 3 '18 at 9:22
  • I don't use texstudio but that's a qt-based application and so the Ctrl+Shift+U route won't work. You'll need to use the Compose key route. – DK Bose Dec 3 '18 at 10:51

While the approach suggested by @DK Bose within the comments is completely correct, another possible solution is to create custom keyboard shortcut that uses xdotool as command in the following way:

xdotool type --clearmodifiers 'µ'

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Source of the idea is provided within the comments of this answer. xdotool should be installed:

sudo apt install xdotool

This shortcut (Ctrl+Shift+M as it is defined above) works also within wine applications, the only specific thing is that you should press Ctrl+Shift for about 1 second and then press M.


When typing in libre office: From the menu bar select insert, special character This displays lots of different characters including the one asked for in the question.

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