I want to type the Indian Rupee Symbol. So I went to System Settings >> Keyboard Layout and clicked on the Options button. Under the Adding Currency signs to keys sections, I checked the Rupee on 4 option.

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Later when I opened the Layout Chart of the Keyboard there was Rupee sign in the 4 key but I do not know how to type the symbol. What combination of the keys will type the Rupee symbol on the screen?

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Just press Alt R+4 like in below image:

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See also this answer.

Note: You need to change your keyboard setting to English (India, with rupee sign) as default for this to work.

  • I tried it but that method doesn't seem to work for me. Oct 7, 2013 at 14:47
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    @Dineshkumar Are you using English (US) keyboard layout? If yes, then this is a problem. Try to change it to English (India, with RupeeSign) for example. See also: abhidg.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/…. Oct 7, 2013 at 16:04
  • I changed the layout to English (India, with RupeeSign) and now I can type the Indian Rupee symbol :) But with this layout, I can type the symbol even without selecting the Rupee on 4 option. So what is the point of having a separate option for that when it can be done only with a particular layout (even without enabling the option)? Oct 8, 2013 at 16:50
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    @Dineshkumar What is the point: selecting the Rupee on 4 option will work with any other keyboard layout different by Englsh (US). Maybe is a kind of bug. Some explanations you can find here: abhidg.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/… Oct 8, 2013 at 17:02
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    @Dineshkumar the problem is that Rupee on 4 will work with any keyboard with AltGt enabled. English(US) is one of the few layouts that did not enable AltGr. See askubuntu.com/questions/432957/…
    – Rmano
    Jun 17, 2014 at 18:27

The other way is to use the following combination on any keyboard ctrl+shift+u then type 20b9 then spacebar This will add the rupee symbol.

  • It did not work with LibreOffice on Ubuntu 14.04.LTS updated till March 2016. Mar 13, 2016 at 12:22
  • @bluepearlsky: just tested it . it works just fine. please press the keys in succession. it will work.
    – Ubuntuser
    Mar 16, 2016 at 13:35
  • This is the only method that works for me in Ubuntu 16.04. Mar 28, 2018 at 10:22

IN ubuntu 14.04 LTS to get rupee sign (₹) follow the steps

  1. click on symbol En
  2. select text entry
  3. click on + sign
  4. double-click english(India ,with rupee sign)
  5. close it
  6. again click on symbol En
  7. select english(India ,with rupee sign)
  8. to type rupee sign press right Alt + 4

For using rupee symbol () go to insert → then symbol → then select rupee symbol → then go to shortcut key → there you put new shortcut key as (Alt+4) → then assign. After that you may use this symbol by Alt+4 from next time.

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    Welcome to AskUbuntu. Your answer is not understandable, please explain what you mean by "go to insert". Mar 19, 2014 at 7:35

For 16.04 LTS

It is right side ALT + 4 while using English (India, with rupee sign ) keyboard layout.

Simply type " Text Entry " in dash and you will be able to select/add keyboard layouts. This works in 16.04 LTS.

  1. Add English(India, with Rupee sign) layout in Keyboard settings.
  2. Select this layout in the applet on the panel.
  3. Use alt gr+4, if your keyboard has ₹ symbol on 4.

When you are creating an Homepage and you need the currency as Indian Rupee, then you need the charset-iso-code as UTF-8 AS follows in HTML :

I will display Indian Rupee with ₨

8360 is the reserved number in HTML for Indian Rupee.

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