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    Umlaut

    How do I put two dots on an e? Or how do I put a ^ on an e or on an o? In any Windows application I have always typed alt-137 for two dots on an e, but in ubuntu it doesn't seem to work. Please help!
    Last edited by demalan; June 20th, 2009 at 01:40 PM.

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    Re: Umlaut

    Ah, you want language support. Go to System > Preferences > Keyboard then to the layouts tab. Once there you'll see the default language selected usually USA. Push add, then you can select language by country and national dialect. Once added, then you can go to layout options and pick a key combo to switch between them (it will highlight in bold in the menu). I usually use alt + caps.

    That's it, enjoy. French Canada Legacy keyboard has all the accents you need I believe.

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    Re: Umlaut

    This is assuming a United States keyboard:

    From the Gnome-Panel, go to System -> Preferences -> Keyboard. Click on the Layouts tab. Just below the "Selected Layouts" dialog, click on "Add." Now, add the "USA International (with dead keys)" layout. Verify that it has been added to the selected layouts dialog. Go ahead and click "Close"

    You'll want to add the keyboard indicator to your gnome-panel by right-clicking on the panel an selecting "add to panel." Select "Keyboard Indicator." You can now toggle between the two layouts.

    To get an Umlaut (,,,,), toggle to the USA International keyboard. Type Shift + " (double-quote key) and then the desired letter. You can type Shift + ^ and then the desired letter to get, for example, . Other options will give you , , , , etc..
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    Re: Umlaut

    Quote Originally Posted by demalan View Post
    How do I put two dots on an e? Or how do I put a ^ on an e or on an o? In any Windows application I have always typed alt-137 for two tots on an e, but in ubuntu it doesn't seem to work. Please help!
    You may also wish to explore this utility:-

    Applications > Accessories > Character Map

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    Re: Umlaut

    I'm using the US-International layout with dead keys, and I can't figure out how to get a lowercase letter with an umlaut.

    My dead key is the Windows key.

    Win+shift+"+e gets me , but win+"+e gets me . Win+;+e gets me ę. Win+ '+' +e gets me . I can get just about every character I want except a lower-case 'e' with an umlaut.

    What am I doing wrong?

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    Re: Umlaut

    Bump.

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    Re: Umlaut

    Quote Originally Posted by Veteropinguis View Post
    What am I doing wrong?
    You're holding the Shift key too long. I suspect that what you're doing is holding Shift for the whole thing, meaning that you're actually doing

    Shift-Compose, Shift-2, Shift-E, giving you a capital E.

    What you want to do is

    Compose, Shift-2, e, giving you a lower-case e.

    EDIT: Just noticed you're using US keyboard layout, so switch Shift-2 for whatever combination gets you a " character.
    Last edited by CatKiller; July 5th, 2009 at 12:55 AM.
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    Re: Umlaut

    Quote Originally Posted by Veteropinguis View Post
    I'm using the US-International layout with dead keys, and I can't figure out how to get a lowercase letter with an umlaut.

    My dead key is the Windows key.


    What am I doing wrong?
    No.. your dead key is not the Windows key. I'm not quite certain what your talking about with that. The "dead" keys are things like the ', `, ", ~. etc. When you try to type those characters alone, you should get nothing. However, if you press the "space" key after one of them, it will then appear. If you type a " and then the lower case e, you will get .

    Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_key

    EDIT: Ok... Now I know you were talking about regarding using the Windows key as a "dead" key. Using it that way is normally called a "Compose Key." Sorry for my confusion.
    Last edited by HotShotDJ; July 5th, 2009 at 04:33 AM.
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    Re: Umlaut

    I'm having difficulty in using dead keys with different programs. For example, here using Chrome, I can use regular dead keys to create = shift + " and then U.

    However using Everpad, my dead keys are jumbled and it doesn't seem to register the shift + function. The same formula to create does not work, and results in: U.

    Does anyone have a fix for this?

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    Re: Umlaut

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