Raspberry Pi with Linux LESSON 11: Fixing Problem with Keyboard and Special Characters

The standard boot configuration of the Raspberry pi can lead to some characters not working properly on US keyboards. In particular, the shift-number characters like !,~,# can not be where you expect them. The easiest way to fix this is to edit the nano /etc/default/keyboard file. The following should fix things for you.

$ sudo nano /etc/default/keyboard

Then on the line for XKBLAYOUT change it to:


That should make your pi work properly with most US keyboards.