I have dual boot configuration with Fedora and Windows XP. Keyboard is normal US standard keyboard. Now that I am working for a UK based client, I need to use pound sign quite often. Currently I am copy pasting it, and it is a bit annoying. If it is possible to type pound sign using US keyboard, then that will be great. Please post any method you know other than copy pasting.


For US Keyboard:

  • Windows:

    1. Alt+0163 (on numpad with Num Lock on)

    2. Alt++ (numpad)a3

  • Mac: ⌥ Option+3

  • Linux:

    1. Compose L - / Compose - L

    2. Control-Shift(hold down) then ua3

To enable Windows 2., set the registry keyHKCU\Control Panel\Input Method\EnableHexNumpad to 1 (REG_SZ) and reboot.

  • I have tested Windows and Linux (fedora) and it works fine. But I couldn't test this in Mac. Please test and post comment below. Thanks
    – WarFox
    Jun 5 '11 at 11:00
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    I'm on a Mac. It works
    – user78429
    Jun 5 '11 at 11:15
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    On Linux you could enable a compose key and then: <compose> + L + = should give you £. May 2 '12 at 11:01
  • @Dennis, the hex version for Windows doesn't work for me; just gives a ♥ (as though Num+ and a did nothing)
    – Nick T
    May 24 '12 at 4:18
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    @muffinresearch: I'm pretty sure you mean <compose> + L + -. <compose> + L + = creates the Lira sign (₤), not the pound sign (£).
    – Flimzy
    Oct 11 '13 at 23:17

On Windows and Linux, use the "U.S. International" keyboard layout, which is US with additional modifiers and characters used abroad. The £ is on RightAlt+Shift+4.

You can also get £ on Windows by entering Alt+0163 or Alt+156.

On Mac OS X, simply press Option-3 for £, or use the British layout, where £ and # are exchanged (Option-3 and Shift-3). Otherwise, they're very similar (check with Keyboard Viewer).

  • RightAlt+Shift+4 is not helping me. Alt+0163 is working in windows. I haven't checked in Linux.
    – WarFox
    Jun 5 '11 at 10:42
  • It is not working in my Fedora installation
    – WarFox
    Jun 5 '11 at 10:59
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    AltGr+Shift+4 is indeed the correct combination for the U.S. International layout, and I can confirm that it works: £££££££££££
    – JdeBP
    Jun 5 '11 at 14:03
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    That US Intenational keyboard is annoying as when you type a quote character it waits for another key before typing anything. This allows you to compose weirder characters but if you're just looking for the odd pound it's a steep price to pay.
    – Rory
    May 12 '15 at 13:01
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    BEWARE! Even though it works on Windows £, this is going to screw up your quote ' ", tilde ~ and some other keys because United States-International layout has modified characters enabled and waits for a second character after aforementioned key press to produce characters like á é í ó ú etc. So to get single or double quote you need to press it twice. Really annoying.
    – igor
    Jul 31 '17 at 10:07

On a European keyboard on Linux type AltGr + Shift + 3.

You can always find it out by greping the keyboard layout config files under /usr/share/X11/xkb/symbols/* for sterling.


I can't manage to have my sterling sign associated with my keyboard command. It's a Portuguese Brazil ABNT2 layout (set to Portuguese (Brazil) language). In Windows, it works easily by using CTRL + ALT + 4, but tried all combinations for Ubuntu (14.04 LTS) and just can't make it work.

Difficult situation for a Brazilian accountant in the UK haha

-----> SOLVED (by trial and error lol)

altGr + shift + 4 = ¼ altGt + Tab + 4 = ££££

yaaaay (the bad thing is that everytime I press tab it moves to the next cell)

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