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I'm taking a course in Greek, and would like to be able to store notes and such on my laptop.

I'm using Gnome, but I also use a flash card program called "Mnemosyne" that is written in Qt, if that makes a difference.

I installed the "Greek" language from "Language Support". I also went to "Keyboard" and tried to change the layout, but that didn't work (apparently, I should be able to press both alt keys at once to switch layouts, but that doesn't do anything. I added a Greek layout to the list).

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I changed the switch key-combination to "Alt + Space", and it works now. Does anyone know what could be catching the "Alt + Alt" combo? – Matthew Pirocchi Aug 24 '09 at 20:09
Not sure. Ctrl-Ctrl doesn't work for me either. – innaM Aug 26 '09 at 9:13
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Σιμπλζ αδδ τηε Γρεεκ λαζοθτ το ζοθρ Κεζβοαρδ λαζοθτ πρεφερενψεσ. Τηεν αδδ τηε Κεζβοαρδ Ινδιψατορ αππλετ το ονε οφ ζοθρ παλελσ ανδ θσε τηατ το σςιτη λαζοθτσ.

Simply add the Greek layout to your keyboard layouts. Then add the "Keyboard Indicator" applet to one of your panels and use that to switch between layouts. It seems to work for me.


Changing the layout via a key combination seems to be a bit flaky:

Choose "Layout options" in the Keyboard preferences dialog and find the group of options labled "Keys to change layout". You will then simply have to try the different options and see which one works for you, both on a system level and a usability level. I guess for the option that says "both alt keys" you will need two Alt keys (I have only one here). On the other hand, I definitely have to Ctrl keys, but the "Both Ctrl keys" option doesn't work for me either.

I understand that you want to avoid cluttering your panel, but my guess is that you will need some sort of indicator of the current layout or you'll find yourself constantly typing in the wrong one. Of course, your mileage may vary.

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This works well. I'd still like to be able to use the keyboard to switch instead, to avoid panel-clutter. See my comment on the original question. – Matthew Pirocchi Aug 24 '09 at 20:10

If you just want to enter a couple a Greek characters, I would find their Unicode character number and use Unicode composition.

For example:

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That way he will not restrict himself to learning Greek, he'll also learn Unicode. – innaM Aug 26 '09 at 9:13
Why bother down rating this answer? You're assuming that if ppl Google for "How do I input Greek characters in Ubuntu?", they are going to learn Greek next? Don't be silly. My response is helpful to some. – hendry Aug 26 '09 at 9:53
@hendry: If it makes you feel better, I up-voted you :) – Matthew Pirocchi Jul 10 '11 at 0:43
This is precisely the answer that I needed, thanks! – Ian Ni-Lewis Apr 30 '13 at 19:11

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