Ubuntu – How to type a Unicode character (for example, em-dash —?)


The title pretty much says it all: how can I type Unicode characters – specifically the em-dash —?

Best Answer

  • Ctrl+Shift+U, then 2 0 1 4 and Enter


  • Ctrl+Shift+U+2014

Control-capital-u means Unicode, and the four-digit hexadecimal number for em dash (or any other Unicode character) can be found via the Character Map in Ubuntu (gucharmap).

The first option allows you to separately type the correct digits for your character, which appears upon hitting Enter or Space. You can also edit the numbers you typed using backspace before pressing Enter.

If this shortcut doesn't work check if your input method is iBus.

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