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I just swapped from Windows and I was used to using Alt+Shift to type special characters such as |@#~½¬from the number row, but it only works with Alt Gr on Ubuntu. It's not in the settings either so I figured xmodmap is the way to go. But the only way to make it work I've found is by remapping every single special character, like keycode 21 = equal plus equal plus semicolon colon.

Is there any way of copying Alt Gr to Alt+Shift?

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  • There's quite a few questions about remapping altgr here. These might be a good place to continue your research while waiting for an answer: superuser.com/search?q=altgr – music2myear Feb 6 '19 at 18:22
  • As I've said, these only suggest adding every single special character to the list. The closest I saw was xmodmap -e "keysym Super_L = Alt_R", which only adds it to the left alt instead of to left alt + shift – glow008 Feb 6 '19 at 18:35
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I've come to the conclusion after hours of trying that it is not possible with Autokey, xmodmap or setxkbmap to copy AltGr to Alt_L and Shift_L.

  • Autokey doesn't allow a shortcut like Alt+Shift, since it also needs another character. Alt, Shift, Control... only count as combinations with other keys and they won't work by themselves

  • xmodmap should have worked with xmodmap -e "keysym Meta_L = ISO_Level3_Shift" but it only assigns the function to Alt_L, Shift_L does something similar, typing different special characters. Besides, when this is activated, these keys will only work for that purpose (You can't do Alt+Tab etc)

  • setxkbmap should have worked too with setxkbmap -option Meta_L:ISO_Level3_Shift but it apparently does nothing. When tested with xev it does change the input key but it's something different from ISO_Level3_Shift

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