Possible duplicate, but I really couldn't find a solution. I would like to adjust my US keyboard layout, e.g. to add possibility to type some special characters on combination of right Alt + another character, etc.

Moreover, my arrow up is dead, so until I buy another keyboard, I'd like to use my right shift as my arrow up, ASAP.

However, there seems to be no way how to edit my keyboard layout easily in Xubuntu :( I found no editor and I really don't want to spend years in some configuration files and terminal (not that I can't, but I really really don't want).

  • KLE - the only editor I could find, but no installation guide, no package, no PPA, no idea how to make it working (and uninstallable if not needed one day)
  • Editor in Ubuntu - apparently not present in Xubuntu
  • I found several tutorials how to change the layout, but they all seems to be complicated and not easy to follow. I don't want to spend a weekend in terminal or so, I am looking for an app to launch, make some clicking, finish my work by hitting Save button and - done!

Please, is there such solution? For humans?

  • did you find a solution to your problem? have the exact same. Sep 3, 2014 at 21:05
  • Unfortunately, no. But I am not looking for it any more, so there could exist something I am not aware of. Feel free to investigate and eventually answer this question. Sep 4, 2014 at 11:55
  • I will drop Xubuntu desktop and only use it as a headless server with vagrant. Sep 4, 2014 at 15:19
  • Look up setxkbmap or localectl and manual pages to do those changes you would llike to do .
    – Anders
    Jul 16, 2021 at 22:29

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Try installing xfce4-xkb-plugin, just press CTRL + ALT + T and type in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install xfce4-xkb-plugin

You can find it after the instalation in the desktop bar.

  • 2
    xfce4-xkb-plugin is the thing I can use for switching layouts on my panel, isn't it? But I wanted something to customize existing layouts or to create a new, custom one. I can't find any way how to do this with xfce4-xkb-plugin. (Apart from that, it's buggy thing I hate, it can't even properly switch layouts and remember settings.) Oct 7, 2012 at 10:22

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