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    German "Umlaute" on Linux

    I have installed Linux but do not have a german keyboard. In Windows I can type the "Umlaute" by using ALT and a number sequence. How can I type "Umlaute" in Linux without using a german keyboard?



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    Linux Guru bigtomrodney's Avatar
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    Nov 2004
    You can install a german keyboard layout - You can directly edit your xorg.conf file to use the german keyboard. In the section below edit the 'Xkblayout ' to be de
    Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier     "Keyboard[0]"
        Driver         "kbd"
        Option         "Protocol" "Standard"
        Option         "XkbLayout" "de"
        Option         "XkbModel" "pc105"
        Option         "XkbRules" "xfree86"
    I'm not sure that you can directly key in character keys in linux.

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    Linux Engineer Javasnob's Avatar
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    setxkbmap de will enable a German-style keyboard; all you have to do is figure out the different keys. setxkbmap us will return it to English.
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    thanks for your replies. I was hoping there would be an easier way. It is kind of a shlepp to switch your keymaps frequently while typing a letter or something. I was also thinking of using a german keyboars, but then you get used to it and can't find keys when you are working on other computers!

    Thanks anyway!

    Or maybe plug in a usb german keyboard and change to that keyboard while typing letters or emails.

    Greetings Michael

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    Gnome and KDE have inbuilt graphical tools for changing the keyboard layout in their preferences section. Just in case you use one of those two desktops.
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    Linux Newbie easuter's Avatar
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    if you use kde, then go to the kde-control center -> peripherals -> keyboard -> keymap
    then chose your keyboard layout
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