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how to access the pound sign from a US keyboard?

asked 2014-11-28 11:24:10 -0500

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i just received a replacement keyboard which is US layout and i am presently located at uk... i've looked at various descriptions of how to access the pound symbol that would usually be accessed via shift+4 on a uk layout keyvoard and so far the only one that has been successful is to use 'compose' + L + minus.

i read that i can configure the 'Alternative characters key', rather than the compose key; to then be able to access alternative characters. the guide i read directed me to use dconf-editor to change 'org.gnome.desktop.input-sources.xkb-options' to include a string that links the pound sign to the key i want to use (which is the key '4'). the example though, was for the euro symbol and when i type 'eurosign:4' into doconf-editor, the combination of 'Alternative characters key + '4' does correctly produce the euro symbol. when i type 'poundsign:4' instead of 'eurosign:4', this does not produce a pound sign. i explored all the options i could find, in place of 'poundsign' yet none worked.

does anyone know the simplest way to make a 2 key shortcut to produce a pound sign from a US keyboard layout? thanks

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why not use UK layout? This is a software configuration issue. If you have installed Fedora in US or UK English or whichever language, just go to "Region and Language" control panel, In the "Input Sources" click on '+' and add UK English layout and Right_ALT+3 will give pound sign.

pnemade gravatar imagepnemade ( 2014-11-29 06:51:08 -0500 )edit

i don't want to switch keyboard layouts on the fly, just to access a particular symbol

ura_soul gravatar imageura_soul ( 2014-12-21 19:49:40 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-11-28 17:16:54 -0500

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Not a 2 key short cut, though :/

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-11-28 17:22:00 -0500 )edit

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