I installed LTS 14.04 and ever since some of my keys went missing. First, the dot symbol key is not working, so I have to use the dot key from the numeric keypad. Secondly, the right alt key is a shortcut for mute speaker volume although I deleted all multi media short cuts in the system settings/keyboard. Thirdly, on the 12.04 LTS version and with english language option selected I was able to type german characters while pressing the right Alt key + q,y,p for ä,ü,ö. This was very convenient, because I did not have to switch to German language. This feature does not work any longer, because the right Alt key is now mute speaker volume and I can't change it. I appreciate your help and thank you.

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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! You need to clarify your question a bit. Which feature(s) for controlling the keyboard behavior is it you need help with? Did you install a fresh 14.04, or did you upgrade from 12.04? – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Jun 28 '16 at 20:34
  • Thank you for getting back to me. I´m pretty sure it was an upgrade from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. I did not have to move any files and nothing was overwritten. I solved the german characters issue, though. I had to look it up once more and changed to english international with dead keys and now I´m able to input the german umlauts like before. However, the dot key is still not working. Also, the quotation symbol key is not working properly. I have to hit the key twice for the symbol to appear on screen. – teqgargle76 Jun 28 '16 at 22:22
  • Ok, I posted an answer to address the issues you mentioned in the comment. Can you please edit your question, so it clearly focuses on those issues. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Jun 28 '16 at 23:00

Assuming you are talking about English (US, international with dead keys), that keyboard layout turns the quotation symbol key to a dead_diaeresis key for typing e.g. ë. To type the quotation symbol you need to press both <AltGr> and <Shift>.

The dot key should be unchanged, though.

You can see an overview of the currently selected keyboard layout by clicking the input source indicator in the menu and selecting Keyboard Layout Chart.

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