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I'm using Ubuntu 12.04[1] with a Dvorak keyboard layout. I need to write a bunch of emails in Spanish on a daily basis and I really really need a keyboard shortcut to the inverted question mark glyph (¿), but I just can't find any. So far I've been either copying and pasting it from the character map (which is, seriously, a pain in the ass) or just not bothering with it (which I tend to avoid because it makes me look sloppy). Is there a way of defining a key combination (e.g., Ctrl + Shift + ?) that inputs this character?

[1] Yes, yes, I know it's 2014 and all that. I'm happy with 12.04 and I don't see the need to upgrade just because, so please don't tell me to.

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Press CTRL+SHIFT while keeping them pressed, press and release U then type in 00BF, release CTRL+SHIFT, then you will have your ¿.

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set your keyboard layout to ES

setxkbmap es

to see places of characters on keyboard, run onboard

onboard

I hope it helps you.

to revert your keyboard layout run

setxkbmap us
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One possible solution is to customise your keyboard layout to your needs.

The standard keyboard layout files are found in /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols.

Step-by-step procedure

  1. Identify the keyboard layout you are using. Make a backup of it: sudo cp /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/?? ??.bak. Change the ?? to the file you're using.
  2. Make a copy of the file in your home folder.
  3. Open it with Gedit or any text editor you wish.
  4. Modify it by adding the necessary character in a key of your choice and save it. Each key definition will have four values (normal press, with shift, with AltGr, with AltGr + Shift).
  5. Now copy the file to /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols overwriting the original. Open a terminal and type sudo cp ?? /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols.
  6. Set permissions of the file to match the original: sudo chmod 644 /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/??
  7. This step might be necessary: sudo rm /var/lib/xkb/*.xkm.
  8. Logout and login again.
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Press hold Alt + numpad 168. Press hold Alt + numpad 168.

  • That did not work for me. Have you tried it? – Mitch Jul 26 '14 at 10:21
  • Yes. But I think there is something else for Ubuntu 12.04 – Dishank Jindal Jul 26 '14 at 10:23
  • I tried in writer, and gedit under 12.04, and it didn't work. – Mitch Jul 26 '14 at 10:25
  • Yours also not working. – Dishank Jindal Jul 26 '14 at 10:28
  • look at the addition in my answer. – Mitch Jul 26 '14 at 10:33

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