How can I use Latin characters on Linux Mint? I've tried the
alt key like on Windows but it doesn't work. I've searched and they say that
alt doesn't work on Linux like on Windows.
I've tried other keys, but none seems to work.
You need to activate the compose key to use that. Go to the
keyboard preferences, to the
Layouts tab and click on the
It will open a new pop up, there you'll have to search for the option
Position of the Compose Key and there you have a list of keys that you can enable for that functionality like
On Linux the shortcuts don't work like on Windows.
Imagine, if you want to type
á you have to press
a (assuming that
alt is the compose key).
Define a "Compose" key. This is in system settings > keyboard preferences > layouts > options
Set the "compose" key to whatever you want. You might NOT want to use ALT because it is usually useful for other stuff. I set it to the little menu key on the right side of my keyboard, but you could use a windows key or whatever.
To use the compose key, the sequence is this:
Note that this is NOT all of those keys at the same time but in sequence. So to get the é character, or an ñ character, or whatever, I have tapped THREE different keys, one after another: compose, then e, and then '
Or compose, and then n, and then ~
This confused me for a while because on my old OS, the way you did it was option-shift-[some key]. But on Linux, its Compose [release] and then some letter [release] and then another key.