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For some reason I cannot type a pipe(|) symbol with US keyboard in Ubuntu while I can do it in Windows 7 which also uses US keyboard. Normally I use left-shift with the button next to it to type a pipe symbol, but in Ubuntu it creates < and > with shift (like "shift+," and "shift+." are already doing).

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try "shift" + "some key next to enter". I have on my us keyboard two pipe keys - one next to left shift and one right above the enter key.

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I fixed this for my Dell keyboard by running

sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

and selecting the most similar keyboard (SK-7100, I think - my actual keyboard is a SK-8165) and guessing sensible options for the other questions (in my case, UK layout, extended-winkeys, no compose).

This was for Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS 64-bit on VMWare 4.04, host: Windows 7 64-bit.

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this one worked for me. –  virpara Apr 11 '13 at 14:32
    
This also worked for me – slightly hard to believe that you still need to do this in Ubuntu in 2014! Thank you. –  lukescammell Jul 17 at 9:41
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Try this

  1. Hold down the ALT key
  2. Enter 1,2,4 on the numeric keyboard (you might need to activate it via the Num Locktoggle key)
  3. Release the ALT key

Hope this helps

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