Using a UK mac keyboard on Ubuntu

If you’re using a UK edition usb keyboard with Ubuntu, you may be swearing every time you want a relatively common characters like £, # or |.

I’ve been suffering with a poorly mapped keyboard for months. I’ve no idea why, I just assumed I must have tried when I installed the OS and deemed it impossible. Anyway, I’m an idiot because it’s really easy.

Open up your keyboard settings and pick “Layout Settings”:

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Click the little “+” to add a new input source:

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Select “English (UK, Macintosh)”:

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Move it to the top of your list and BOSH! You’re done.

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(Warning: You may still swear looking for the # key because it’s not printed on the keyboard like it is on a macbook. It’s alt-3)