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How can I change languages using alt + shif?

asked 2015-08-27 00:48:48 -0600

mgvat gravatar image

updated 2015-08-27 10:50:15 -0600

I installed gnome tweak tools like the online guides suggested but under typing I do not see Modifiers-only input sources

All I see is this:


What should I do?

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answered 2015-08-27 06:34:50 -0600

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If you want to define shortcuts for changing your keyboard layout you can do that via Settings.

Open up Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts

and you'll see section "Typing" where you can define your keyboard shortcuts for changing keyboard layouts.

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A lot of key combinations work with that. Alt + shift is not one that works.

mgvat gravatar imagemgvat ( 2015-08-27 09:08:51 -0600 )edit

Maybe because they're "meta keys" and they need another key in the combination. For example: <shift> + <alt> + <n> or whatever. :-/

masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2015-08-27 10:44:54 -0600 )edit

Is there a way to get around that restriction? I know that if I had selected Alt + shift as the key combination when installing the OS that would have worked.

mgvat gravatar imagemgvat ( 2015-08-27 10:48:44 -0600 )edit

You can set it directly with:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-input-source "['<Alt>Shift_L']"

or use dconf editor to change org>gnome>desktop>vm>keybindings> switch-input-source option.

Above mentioned command will set it to alt+ left shift.

If you want to set shortcut to cycle back through layouts you'll need to set option switch-input-source-backward. Example:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-input-source-backward "['<Alt><Control>Shift_L']"

will set shortcut to Ctrl+Alt+shift.

Hope that helps. Cheers!

masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2015-08-27 11:08:07 -0600 )edit

Thank you for your help. It worked! I would mark it as answer and upvote it but I don't have enough karma.

mgvat gravatar imagemgvat ( 2015-08-27 13:19:59 -0600 )edit

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