How to Insert the Paragraph Symbol ( ¶ ) on Linux

Insert the Paragraph Symbol ( ¶ ) on Linux

by | Jul 7, 2024 | Useful Tech

Looking to refer to a paragraph (or write about formatting) in short and symbolic form? Find out here how to insert the paragraph symbol ( ¶ ) on Linux using Gnome and KDE.

First, Two Wings for Singing

Birds, like humans, have two wings for respiration.

While we humans have a soundbox in the tube, though, that forms the trachea and later splits up to reach each lung, birds have theirs (the syrinx) right at that junction. So, instead of one slit that produces sound, they have two.

This is how birds can sound two distinct notes at the same time, and sing two concurrent melodies even.

Now, want to insert not one paragraph into your document but two or more—and possibly one paragraph (as a symbol) into another?

How to Insert the Paragraph Symbol ( ¶ ) on Linux

Time needed: 1 minute

To make the paragraph symbol on Linux using Gnome:

  1. Switch to the US-English International keyboard layout with dead keys.

    Gnome: Click the input menu in the menu bar and choose English (US, Intl, with dead keys) from the menu.
    KDE: Press Meta Alt K (or Ctrl Alt K or Command Alt K until is selected.
    US-International: See below for adding the US-English International keyboard layout.

  2. Position the text cursor where you want to insert the paragraph sign.

  3. Press AltGr ;.

    Type the paragraph symbol with the US-International keyboard on Linux

Here, for instance: How to Add the Paragraph Symbol ( ¶ ) in Word

How to Add the US-International Keyboard Layout


To set up the US-International keyboard layout using dead keys on Gnome Linux:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Keyboard.
  3. Klick + under Input Sources.
  4. Choose English (United States).
  5. Now pick English (US, Intl., with dead keys).
    Alternatives: Other keyboard layouts also include shortcuts for the paragraph symbol; see below for finding them.
  6. Click Add.

KDE Linux

To add a US-International keyboard layout with additional key combinations in KDE Linux:

  1. Open the System Settings application.
  2. Select Input Devices under Hardware.
  3. Choose Keyboard.
  4. Go to the Layouts tab.
  5. Enable Configure layouts.
  6. Click + Add.
  7. Highlight the English (US, intl., with dead keys) layout.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Now click Apply.
    Add the US-English International keyboard on KDE

How to Insert the Paragraph Symbol ( ¶ ) on Linux: FAQ

Can I paste the paragraph sign?


You can copy the paragraph symbol below and paste it anywhere in Linux, of course.

Paragraph symbol

(How to insert the paragraph symbol ( ¶ ) on Linux tested with Gnome 45 and KDE 5; first published February 2024, last updated July 2024)

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