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Thanks for reply,  alt+X is exactly what i need. The font in question (liberation sans/serif) as i 
say  *does* have the characters but i still cant seem to get them in the special chars dialog.
On Fri, 28/9/18, Regina Henschel <> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] insert unicode char in writer
 Date: Friday, 28 September, 2018, 11:52
 Hi Gary,
 Gary Collins schrieb am 28-Sep-18 um 11:51:
I would like to be
 able to insert some unicode characters into writer doc but
 cant find a way to do this directly.
 Type U+0161 and then press Alt+X, for example.
 Alt+X is a toggle. You 
 can use it also to
 look, which code a character has.
 Insert special char doesnt seem to be able to
 find the chars i want, but 
 maybe i'm
 not doing something right.
 The special character dialog works, but you
 need to know which font has 
 a glyph for the
 character. Otherwise the character will not be shown in 
 the selection pane.
   I have
 a workaround using calc; i can enter the hex codes as text
 1) and (row 2) use a formula
 =UNICHAR(HEX2DEC(A1)) filled acrosd 
 adjacent column and finally copy row 2 and
 paste as unformatted text 
 into writer. This
 works but is rather longwinded to say the least. It 
 does show that its not a problem with the font
 or with writer's ability 
 to display the
 required chars; its just that i'd like a way to enter
 them directly into the writer documext.
The chars in question were hex A723, A725,
 1E25, 1E2B, 1E96, 0161 (this one i *could* use insert
 special char), 1E6F, 1E0F.
 Have you looked, whether Ubuntu has a direct
 input method? On Windows it 
 is possible to
 use the numpad for direct input, although I prefer the 
 U+hexnumber method of LibreOffice.
 Kind regards
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