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Keep "special characters" dialog open for more than one insertion? [closed]

asked 2014-11-10 11:14:45 +0200

David gravatar image

updated 2020-08-03 01:59:19 +0200

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I thought there was a way to keep the "Special Characters" dialog open for insterting more than one character at a time. This one:


I can't spot it anywhere, though, and picking out characters, one at a time, re-opening the dialog, etc., is a real pain.

Have I just misremembered? Is there a way to keep this dialog open to choose a second, third, etc., character for insertion, then close the dialog manually? I hope so!

(I'm using LibO under Ubuntu 14.04, FWIW.)

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answered 2014-11-10 17:06:20 +0200

petermau gravatar image

I was not certain that I understood the problem.

Have I misunderstood it? I opened the insert special characters using under Ubuntu 12.04. I then inserted the following characters ¥ÆijœDžLjǽɶɺʫγУңՏႷᴤḔṵdžDŽҵӡ⁇⁈⁉⁋€ₘ with one INSERT SPECIAL CHARACTERS session pressing OK once.

Or did you mean I just want to insert one or more characters (¥Æ), press OK and then a little later insert one more characters (ijœDž) and then press OK again. The window in this case would need to remain open in between insert sessions. Peter

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Yes, the first scenario. I feel a little sheepish - the trick is not to click OK - it's that simple!

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2014-11-11 15:19:43 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-11-11 04:12:49 +0200

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updated 2014-11-11 04:13:45 +0200

@David 's statement "inserting more than one character at a time" lets me assume that it is the first case in @petermau 's answer.
As for how to this, just press shift or ctrl while left-clicking the special characters. The list of selected characters are to be seen at the left bottom corner like:

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and click OK at the end of your selection. Then the special character window closes.

LibO on XP

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answered 2014-11-10 14:01:22 +0200

karolus gravatar image

If you can memorize the Codepoints for your special-characters use on ubuntu shortcuts like ctrl+shift+u2049 for

generally: ctrl+shift+u <hexadecimalCodepoint>


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Ha! I have done that for some - U+20BE, U+20BF, and U+0259 are my "big three". But the situations when I want to keep the dialog open is when I want several glyphs that are not part of my normal repertoire! I also make good use of the Compose Special Characters extension. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2014-11-10 16:10:15 +0200 )edit

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