Ukrainian Keyboard layout

I know the subject of a Ukrainian keyboard has been discussed before, but I can't find the answer to my problem.

Using a standard UK laptop, I set Ukrainian as an optional layout I can switch to - so far so good. I can get all the letters and symbols, which are mostly in the same place as the Russian ones that I'm familiar with. EXCEPT the ' which I can't find in either Russian (where I haven't yet needed it) or Ukrainian (where I do need it for words like п'ю).

num lock then Alt+3+9 on the numeric keypad works, or I can cut-and-paste it from elsewhere, or switch back to the English layout for just that one symbol, but surely there must be something simpler? Or I'm just missing something obvious?


August 8, 2019


it should be on the ~` key (the key left of 1)

August 8, 2019

The key to the left of 1 produces ё or Ё with Ukrainian or Russian layout selected.

It produces ¬ or [edit: a squiggle that this forum won't display] with UK selected, but [edit: the squiggle] is not the same as ' and doesn't solve the problem of not having to switch keyboard layouts in the middle of typing something.

The standard location for ~ on a UK keyboard is with # in the middle row next to the RETURN key. In Ukrainian or Russian layout, that key produces / or

[Another edit: just found an article on Wikipedia that includes: "The other long-standing problem was the omission of the apostrophe". I think I have to download updated Microsoft keyboard drivers to make it work.

[edit 3: or get Windows 10]

August 8, 2019

there are actually 2 Ukrainian layouts available: Ukrainian and Ukrainian (enhanced)

you are probably using the non-enhanced one as there it's not available (and makes ё instead)

August 8, 2019

Excellent. Thank you. Problem solved.

August 8, 2019

Testing: п'ю

Yep. It works! :)

August 12, 2019

There is no apostrophe in the Russian layout. If you are on Window 7+, use the Ukrainian layout's `/~ button (under Esc) for the apostrophe (if you will press it holding the shift button, you'll get the nryvnia sign - ₴).

Another tricky Ukrainian letter is Ґґ - to type it you should hold the right alt button (AltGr) and press г (if you will also have the shift button pressed, you will get the capital Ґ).

August 10, 2019

Test: ґҐ

Yep! Worked! :)

August 12, 2019

I have been working on a phonetic Ukrainian keyboard layout for windows, can share with you, if you or any one else is interested. You can see a tentative layout at

August 11, 2019
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