I have a Dell Inspiron 7520 SE, bought it here in Egypt. I need to install the English and Arabic language layouts but I've spent too much time trying numerous different layouts and nothings worked perfectly, I get 2-3 misplaced characters at best.

Is there an way by which I can filter out layouts by specific characters for specific buttons ?

For example, can I specify a button location and search for layouts that output a specific character which this button is clicked ? Of course I need to do this for multiple buttons to be able to zero in the best layout for me.

I read the layout editing\customization guide but it sounded VERY complicated and I can't risk messing anything with my current setup.


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Is there an way by which I can filter out layouts by specific characters for specific buttons ?

There is. But apparently is only available during the installation:

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You could install ubiquity package and simulate an installation to find the correct layout you need.

  • Thanks, I used it during the installation but it didn't give me the best layout though. Also do you know if the character displayed in the wizard which is similar to the double quotes, is actually double quotes ? ". It's more like 2 single quotes next to each other, and they look very close to each other '' Nov 17, 2013 at 13:08
  • @MuhammadGelbana should be double quotes. Other than that is check them all.
    – Braiam
    Nov 17, 2013 at 13:12
  • What do you mean by check them all ? Nov 17, 2013 at 13:15
  • Check one by one until you find your desired layout?
    – Braiam
    Nov 17, 2013 at 13:16
  • I have already went through A LOT. Thanks for the ubiquity package, I hope it solves this. Is there a chance that my layout just isn't in the list ? Nov 17, 2013 at 13:19

I found this website to be VERY helpful. I got it from this answer on superuser.

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