I've used this facility through many versions of LO and still do under 4.4
pre-releases, so I can confirm that the Ctrl+Shift+U command definitely
works in LibreOffice under Debian and several derivatives, so it is possible
that that key combination has been trapped in LO.
Go to the Tools | Customize | Keyboard menu tab of LibreOffice that Mark
mentioned, scroll down to about the second quarter of the list and locate
Ctrl+Shift+U. In order for the O/S (Debian in your case, but true for most
*ix systems) shortcut to work, Ctrl+Shift+U must be *unassigned* (blank)
within LO or it will be intercepted.
The way the command works makes perfect sense, but doesn't seem very
intuitive for those that haven't used it. Within LibreOffice, type (as an
example) Ctrl+Shift+U. At this point you will see a "u" displayed, and if
you then type 25ba, you will see "u25ba" displayed. This often leads people
to think it isn't working.
It's only when you then press the space key (or the Enter key) that the
"u25ba" string will change into a right-pointing triangle glyph.
Another thing you might look at is the font you are using. Even when you use
a font that doesn't contain the particular glyph you're attempting to enter,
LO is pretty good at locating a similar font from which to pull a
substitute. Again, though, this is something that can be thwarted in several
ways. If, for instance, you have trimmed your installed fonts to a bare
minimum, there might not be one LO can choose from. Using the Insert |
Special Character option will determine whether the availability of fonts is
a problem or not; if the character appears using the menu, it isn't a font
If the character still doesn't show up, another thing to look at is to see
whether you or some add-in has modified the settings under (Tools | Options
| Language Settings | Languages) or (Tools | Options | LibreOffice Writer |
Basic Fonts*) (two choices). If those are messed up, things might get wacky
with Unicode entry; this happens more often with using foreign language
characters (Greek, Russian, Thai, and so forth) than with dingbat characters
(e.g. smiley faces, arrows, and such).
I hope this gives you some ideas ...
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