I have an US layout keyboard. I like to have the umlaut like I had them in Windows (US International Layout) where ALT+P is an "ö" and so on...

I figured out when I use sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration that I can change to US International layout but the compose key Right Alt seems to be not working...

I also found out that every other key I use as a compose key works. Only Right Alt does not.

Any ideas?

  • Please help me understand that you want to type Umlaute using the right ALT but its not serving its purpose?
    – Hasan
    Apr 19, 2019 at 7:57
  • @Hasan yes I want to type Umlaute with Right Alt but Right alt is not working as compose key.
    – phrogg
    Apr 19, 2019 at 7:59
  • Okay, but let me ask something else - In your settings what keyboard layout you have? Or do you have selected German layout as one your preferred layout?
    – Hasan
    Apr 19, 2019 at 8:07
  • Please go to Settings > Keyboard > Select / Add your layout > Change Compose key and tell me if it helps.
    – Hasan
    Apr 19, 2019 at 8:13
  • @Hasan unfortunately when I do this he switches back to the normal US Layout and not the International Layout. So this does not work. But thanks though.
    – phrogg
    Apr 19, 2019 at 8:29

1 Answer 1


I found the solution (I did the wrong combination before):

  1. sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration
  2. Choose Generic 105-key PC (intl.)
  3. Choose English (US)
  4. Choose English (US) - English (intl., with AltGr dead keys)
  5. Choose Right Alt (AltGr)
  6. Choose No compose key

And that's it :)


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