How To Type Indian Rupee Sign (₹) In Linux
The other day, I wanted to type “Indian Rupee Sign (₹)”. My keyboard has rupee symbol on it, but I didn’t know how to type it. After a few google searches, I found a way to do this. For those wondering, this brief guide explains how to type Indian Rupee Symbol in Unix-like operating systems. It’s not that difficult. Just follow the steps described below.
Type Indian Rupee Sign In Linux
The default keyboard layout in most GNU/Linux and other operating systems is English (US). To type Indian rupee symbol, you need to change the Keyboard layout to English (India, with rupee). I have given the steps to do this in two Desktop environments, MATE and KDE Plasma. However, the steps are same for other DEs and other operating systems as well. Just find where the Keyboard layout settings is and change the layout to English (India, with rupee sign).
In MATE Desktop Environment:
If you use MATE DE, go to System -> Preferences -> Hardware -> Keyboard from the Menu. Then, click on Layouts tab and click Add button to add a Indian keyboard layout.
Choose India from Country drop-down box and Indian English (India, with rupee) from Variants drop-down box. Click Add to add the chosen layout.
The Indian layout will be added to the Keyboard layout section. Choose it and click “Move up” to make it as default. Then, click “Options” button to choose the Keyboard layout options.
From the Keyboard layout options windows, click on “Key to choose the 3rd level” and choose a key of your choice to apply for rupee symbol. I have chosen “Any Alt” key (So, I can use either left or right ALT keys).
Close the keyboard preferences window.
Now, you can be able to type Indian rupee symbol by pressing “ALT+4”. Alternatively, you can use the key combination “CTRL+SHIFT+u+20b9” to type rupee symbol (Just hold CTRL+SHIFT keys and type u20b9 letters and leave the keys). This will work everywhere.
Please note that this will work, only if your keyboard has ₹ symbol on 4. If your keyboard doesn’t has this symbol or very old, it won’t work.
On KDE Plasma desktop environment:
If you use KDE Plasma, go to Application Launcher -> System Settings -> Hardware -> Input Devices -> Keyboard -> Layouts.
Check the box “Configure Layouts” and click “Add”.
Choose “Indian” from Layout drop-down box and “English (India, rupee sign”) from Variant drop-down box.
The chosen layout will be added to Layouts section. Choose it and click “Move up” to make it as default keyboard layout.
Then, click Advanced and click “Key to choose the 3rd level” and choose a key of your choice to apply for rupee symbol. I have chosen “Any Alt” key. Finally, click “Apply”.
Now, you can be able to type Indian rupee symbol by pressing “ALT+4”. This procedure is same for all other DEs. All you have to do is find where keyboard layout is and change the layout to English (India, rupee sign).
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