Ubuntu: How to write en and em dashes?



Question:

I am a bit of a Grammar Nazi, so I like my grammar to be correct, I understand that for you to be able to type en and em dashes that you have to configure the COMPOSE key or something like that but I am not sure about that nor how I get from there to being able to type the two in addition to just the minus sign.

So that really is my question, how to I type en and em dashes on Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18?

Information Update:

I have now looked at this answer, so I would now also like to know the code for the en dash and how to assign other keyboard shortcuts to these unicode characters as I don't want to have to type something too long in order to get these.


Solution:1

You need to learn the Unicode numbers of these two characters. They are not actually hard to remember, because they look like years. ;)

  • En dash: U+2013
  • Em dash: U+2014

To write a Unicode symbol, perform the following actions:

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+U (the display will show something like u̲)
  • Type the code (e.g. 2014)
  • Press Enter

There you go: â€" â€"

For a complete reference to Unicode characters, run gucharmap.


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