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How do I make a keyboard shortcut for special characters?

asked 2016-01-29 18:50:31 +0200

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I'm taking several courses that require the use of IPA extensions. I'm really tired of going to special characters every time I need an engma (ŋ).

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answered 2016-08-06 14:45:07 +0200

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Since 5.1 (I think) it is possible to quickly insert any character by it's unicode ID. For example, the ŋ character is U+014B so in your document just type "014b" (without quotes) and then press Alt-X. You can see the unicode ID on the insert special character dialogue.

In order to get simpler shortcuts to special characters you need to use macros. There was an extension called "compose special character" or something like that, but I think is not maintained any more and in fact I cannot find it on the extensions site.

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answered 2016-08-06 15:09:15 +0200

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If you have characters you use frequently, the easiest way may be to simply map an autocorrect word completion. Something like :n: could be a trigger. This wouldn't clog up the normal keyboard shortcuts, and I would think memorization would be easier.

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answered 2016-08-04 13:12:31 +0200

pokidoki gravatar image

On Windows you could use autohotkey, or "c't active aid" which allows to set keystroke patterns (such as "en#" which then immediately replaces the pattern by the special character you need).

On Apple there are also some shortcut apps, however, the Keyboard preferences has a "Text" section, which offers the same functionality as described before.

A third way may be to use AutoReplace in LibreOffice, or AutoText, which I use to insert large text templates and tables.

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answered 2016-08-04 18:51:46 +0200

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The accents and special characters available directly on the keyboard are dependant on the operating system definition. On my system Alt Gr g and G become ŋ and Ŋ. What language keyboard are you using or have you defined? On some keyboards, for example English (GB) extended, French, German, Swiss for example, ŋ and Ŋ are defined using the right Alt Gr key. g becomes ŋ, G Ŋ, and a number of European accented characters are available. American has some accents but not ŋ nor Ŋ. It is worth exploring the keys already directly available or could be available.

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answered 2017-02-23 05:13:06 +0200

The main point is to get Libre, at least on the Mac, to do what nearly every other program can do, which is to press and hold the letter you want, a table with the French accents associated with that letter pops up, and choose the right accent with the arrow keys or the number listed with the accent. Far faster and more intuitive than the Microsoft-like table Libre seems to rely on. Come on, Libre, step to Apple standards on this one and get this fixed!

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