I recently got a new laptop and installed Arch on it. I noticed that in a few applications, including chrome and gedit, pressing ctrl+shift+e will cause the next few keys pressed to be underlined, beep when pressed, and then deleted.

I've looked around for a while, and the only way I can seem to "fix" it is to unload the pcspkr module. However, this still doesn't fix the issue, it only silences the beeping.

It seems to happen under both gnome and i3, but not in a tty.

Is there any way I can turn this off?

Video of the behavior

  • 1
    Is there a reason you keep pressing this particular key combination?
    – Kusalananda
    Sep 27, 2017 at 6:07
  • In Google docs, pressing ctrl+shift+e is supposed to center the text. Instead, it does this. Sep 27, 2017 at 11:04

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Seee https://askubuntu.com/a/1039039

One needs to run ibus-setup and in the tab "Emoji" change the shortcut (click on the three dots that are focused in the screenshot)


According to this page (archive), CtrlShifte is a key-combination offered by Gnome's input method to input an Emoji. It is similar to CtrlShiftu that allows you to enter an arbitrary character by specifying its Unicode number. Here, instead of a number, you specify an Emoji name, like "kiss", "grin" or "<3".

  • Hm. Since it's part of the application, it looks like I can't disable it. Oh well. Sep 28, 2017 at 16:47
  • I don't see anything about ctrl-shift-E there?
    – nafg
    Oct 25, 2018 at 0:48
  • @nafg Page has changed. Added the archived version to my answer.
    – xhienne
    Oct 25, 2018 at 9:17
  • Thanks! (Do you know if this is an older behavior that was hardcoded, or if it's just mentioning the default ibus setting as in the other answer?)
    – nafg
    Oct 26, 2018 at 17:10
  • No, I really don't know @nafg
    – xhienne
    Oct 28, 2018 at 1:19

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