I switched from Windows to Fedora for quite some time now. I have to write papers using a lot of special characters like μ, ë and °.

Using the compose key is simply too slow, and I'd rather replace the whole input mechanism to what windows uses... (shudder)

Right Alt + M for μ
Right Alt + : for °.
" followed by e for ë.

I'd prefer it if I don't have to program this all in myself, can this be done?

Environment: Fedora 27, Gnome 3

  • Another way of writing this question is How do I configure GNOME on Fedora 27 to use the U.S. International keyboard layout?
    – JdeBP
    Commented May 31, 2018 at 16:27
  • Thank you for this. I did not know I was looking for is the U.S. International keyboard layout. Commented May 31, 2018 at 18:49

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I got it to work, seems like Gnome hides some input sources by default, to enable it, run this:

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources show-all-sources true

After that, go to: Settings > Region and Language and match your settings to the below screenshot I made.

Thanks a ton to JdeBP for pointing me in the right direction!

Screenshot of settings


I use compose, but probably use the characters less than you. I have just tried enabling 3rd level shift key. It results in a lot of these characters. You can also enable 5th level (I think 4th level is 3rd level+shirt, and 6th level 5th + shift).

I could not get µ, and I have no idea how to configure it. But I did get êëüçàôéûîâöèùï€ß


On Gnome, you can add the "Character" option to the search settings, then you can quickly press Super and search for the symbol you need and add it to the clipboard by selecting it in the results.

You can also open the Characters program and browse through the available symbols.

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    I use these characters very often, copy pasting isn't enough, sadly. Thanks for the suggestion though Commented May 31, 2018 at 18:50

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