How can I insert special characters (similar to ALT+number)?

Asked by Eduardo Klein on 2011-03-07

On Windows, I'd be glad if RedNotebook accepts special characters made by the combination of ALT + numbers.

I use RedNotebook to take notes of my daily language lessons. For exemple, when I study German, I'd like to input the ß character with the combination of ALT + 0223. That would be awesome! Now, I need to input it in another application and then copy & paste to Rednotebook.

I'm running RedNotebook 1.1.2 on Windows XP and Windows 7.

Eduardo Klein

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Jendrik Seipp (jendrikseipp) said : #1

The ALT codes are not supported by GTK which RedNotebook uses. You may want to try the following similar method:

Type u while holding down Ctrl + Shift. Release the keys and type the unicode value for the character you want to add.

For example for ß you would type Ctrl + Shift + u and then 00df. You can find all unicode numbers here:

I have tested this on Ubuntu, does it work on Windows too?

Eduardo Klein (epklein) said : #2

Hi Jendrik.

Yes, that woks on GTK on Windows. I was able to input the special code in RedNotebook on Windows.

Eduardo Klein

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #3

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Jendrik Seipp (jendrikseipp) said : #4

Method seems to work.

Jendrik Seipp (jendrikseipp) said : #5

Jendrik Seipp suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #1694: “How can I insert special characters (similar to ALT+number)?”.

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