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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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up vote 6 down vote accepted

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 '14 at 9:41
And you have to it after every kernel update – Andrew Fielden Oct 10 '14 at 9:39
@AndrewFielden Thanks, that's a shame but useful to know! Might be possible to automate it - see… – DNA Oct 10 '14 at 10:01
This also solved my problem of not being able to type ~ (tilde) and | (pipe) on a German keyboard in Ubuntu 12.04. – Suzana_K Apr 24 '15 at 10:16

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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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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If you can’t type pipe (|) then change keyboard layout

command is : setxkbmap us

It's work for me

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