US International
Keyboard layout

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Holding the right Alt Key (Alt Gr) while pressing another key on the US International Keyboard yields the blue characters depicted in the layout below. Shown here is the PC104 (with 104 keys) which will obviously differ slightly with many notebook layouts.
Example 1: To type the Euro sign hold the Alt Gr and press 5
Example 2: To type a capital C cedilla Ç hold both the Alt Gr and Shift keys and press ,
International Keyboard US-INT layout - dead keys - united states

Dead keys

There are 13 dead keys on Kubuntu - Linux and most of these are combinations with Shift and/or Alt Gr.

First press the dead key (combination) then release the dead key (combination), and subsequently type a letter.
Example 1: To type Ô, press Shift+6, release and type O
Example 2: To type ğ, press Alt Gr + Shift + 9, release and type g

In some cases you can combine two diacritics like in ậ; first press the dead keys for the circumflex and then the dead keys for the underdot (or vice versa).

Pressing a dead key followed by pressing the space bar produces the character denoted by the dead key; e.g. ~ + space results in “~”, see the third column in the table below.

Layout United States International Keyboard

Below are all the permutations of diacritical accents on the International US keyboard [pc104-layout us-variant intl] on a Kubuntu or Ubuntu Linux system:
Diacritic Dead key              Space E e A a O o U u Y y I i Z z R r M m N n P p W w S s G g K k L l C c
Acute ' or ´ ' É é Á á Ó ó Ú ú Ý ý Í í Ź ź Ŕ ŕ ḿ Ń ń Ś ś Ǵ ǵ Ĺ ĺ Ć ć
Grave ` ` È è À à Ò ò Ù ù Ì ì

Ǹ ǹ

Umlaut Shift + ' (") ¨ Ë ë Ä ä Ö ö Ü ü Ÿ ÿ Ï ï

Tilde Shift + ` (~) ~ Ã ã Õ õ Ũ ũ Ĩ ĩ

Ñ ñ

Circumflex Shift + 6 (^) ^ Ê ê Â â Ô ô Û û Ŷ ŷ Î î

Ŵ ŵ Ŝ ŝ Ĝ ĝ

Ĉ ĉ
Breve Alt Gr + Shift + 9 ˘ Ĕ ĕ Ă ă Ŏ ŏ Ŭ ŭ

Ĭ ĭ

Ğ ğ

Háček Alt Gr + Shift + . (>) ˇ Ě ě Ǎ ǎ Ǒ ǒ Ǔ ǔ

Ǐ ǐ Ž ž Ř ř

Ň ň

Š š Ǧ ǧ Ǩ ǩ Ľ ľ Č č
Double acute Alt Gr + Shift + 2 ˝

Ő ő Ű ű

Ogonek Alt Gr + Shift + 8 ˛ Ę ę Ą ą Ǫ ǫ Ų ų

Į į

Macron Alt Gr + Shift + 3 ¯ Ē ē Ā ā Ō ō Ū ū Ȳ ȳ Ī ī

Overdot Alt Gr + . ˙ Ė ė Ȧ ȧ Ȯ Ȯ

İ ı Ż ż Ġ ġ

Ċ ċ
Underdot Alt Gr + Shift + - .

Ring Alt Gr + Shift + 0 0

Å å

Ů ů

To use the US International Keyboard Layout under KDE4 simply select:
K menu > System Settings > Input devices > Keyboard layouts
And under Variant choose International with Dead Keys (In Dutch “met dode toetsen”).
Kubuntu: International Keyboard with Dead keys
Don't forget to set your editor to UTF-8 character encoding.

Compose key

To use the compose key or in Dutch Samensteltoets first we need to assign one: Go to KDE System Settings> Input devices > Advanced
Modify Advanced options to select/enable the compose key
and check for instance the left Windows key like in the image below.
Kubuntu: Compose key keyboard layout

Useful compose key combinations

First Second Result
+ - ±
t m
s s ß
a e æ
% o
o e œ
_ 1234567890 ₁₂₃₄₅₆₇₈₉₀    subscript
^ 1234567890 ¹²³⁴⁵⁶⁷⁸⁹⁰    superscript
digit digit ½⅓⅕⅚⅜⅝⅞    fraction
e e ə
/ l L ł Ł
b g G ğ Ğ    breve
c a A ǎ Ǎ    caron
, s S ş Ş    cedilla
o a A å Å    ring
_ a A ā Ā    macron
i . ı    dotless i
. I İ    Capital I with dot
x x ×    multiplication
. .
- >
< -
: )
: (
. - ·    middot
. = •    bullet
N o №    nummero sign
? ! ‽    interrobang
< 3
First Second Third Result
( 123456789 - 20 ) ①②③④⑤⑥⑦⑧⑨ - ⑳
( aAbBcC - zZ ) ⓐⒶⓑⒷⓒⒸ - ⓩⓏ
- - . –    en dash
- - - —    em dash
More bindings can be found in /usr/share/X11/locale/en_US.UTF-8/Compose

More compose key combinations

Adding combinations



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