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How to get British English on a US Keyboard

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How to get British English on a US Keyboard

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Post by davemx » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:14 pm

Just posted on my blog.

The reason is that if you order one of the cheaper mini-keyboards from, say, eBay, the likelihood is that it's American. So I made my own "gb" file:

https://davespagnol.wordpress.com/2018/ ... -keyboard/
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Re: How to get British English on a US Keyboard

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Post by fehlix » Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:43 pm

davemx wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:14 pm
Just posted on my blog.

The reason is that if you order one of the cheaper mini-keyboards from, say, eBay, the likelihood is that it's American. So I made my own "gb" file:

https://davespagnol.wordpress.com/2018/ ... -keyboard/
Wouldn't selecting GB keyboard layout with -> Settings -> Keyboard just do this type of remapping?
As we not all have US or GB keyboards, could you go in detail what's missing here.
I just switched keyboard within keyboard setting and do get a "£"-sign ,
when pressing Shift+3
Here the pictures for those like me having neither of both:
GB-Keyboard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KB_U ... ingdom.svg
US:Keyboard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KB_U ... oAltGr.svg
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Re: How to get British English on a US Keyboard

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Post by Richard » Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:36 pm

From the menu, open All Settings > Keyboard > Layout
Deactivate/uncheck "Use System Defaults"
in Keyboard Layouts, "Add"
open English UK, and select "English UK" for the standard UK keyboard.
Click on OK which brings you back to the Keyboard config, click on Layout, again.
If you want English UK to be always the default, highlight it
and use the arrows to move it to the head of the list.

Click All Settings, Close and Reboot for the English UK keyboard as default.
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Re: How to get British English on a US Keyboard

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Post by davemx » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:04 pm

fehlix wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:43 pm

Wouldn't selecting GB keyboard layout with -> Settings -> Keyboard just do this type of remapping?
As we not all have US or GB keyboards, could you go in detail what's missing here.
I just switched keyboard within keyboard setting and do get a "£"-sign ,
when pressing Shift+3
Here the pictures for those like me having neither of both:
GB-Keyboard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KB_U ... ingdom.svg
US:Keyboard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KB_U ... oAltGr.svg
My keyboard is for the USA because I got it from China (does that make sense?). Compared to the UK settings, the @ and " keys are the wrong way around. There is no £ sign. Certain other keys are different, and one missing altogether. But the worst thing about the US keyboard is that the Right-Alt is the same as the Left-Alt but on the UK keyboard it is the third-level shift key. My aim was to get a simple UK-friendly keyboard on one with US key tops. I don't want to switch from one keyboard setting to another! The other thing is, that by following this example, you can create any keyboard layout you want!

My aim is to have a keyboard based on what's on the key tops (i.e., USA layout), whilst extending it for use in the UK.
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Re: How to get British English on a US Keyboard

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Post by Richard » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:09 pm

You'll need to source keycaps and pop off the wrong ones and change them.
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Re: How to get British English on a US Keyboard

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Post by baldyeti » Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:58 am

Perhaps you could try the US International Keyboard layout ?

Sorry, this article is for kde but shows what is possible, you'd have to google for how to enable this on MX/XFCE.

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Re: How to get British English on a US Keyboard

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Post by Richard » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:08 am

I use the US International AltGr dead key for English and Spanish.
The £ sign is at AltGr-Shift-4.
The regular US International is probably better if you don't need French, German or Spanish.

Here are a few sources for individual keycaps to fix the China keyboards from US to UK:
https://www.massdrop.com/top-list/Keycaps/type--Custom
https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyb ... m_keycaps/
https://deskthority.net/keyboards-f2/fa ... 11276.html

Apologies for misreading.your intent.
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