I hail from Asia and am fluent in three languages. This means that I often find myself switching keyboards when I have to type. However, I can't seem to find the way to type in other languages beside English (more specifically, Chinese and Japanese). After I install the language pack and select the keyboard layout for these languages as default, all it does when I switch keyboards is allow me to type English with what is basically an English keyboard.
do you want your keyboard to have a different layout with other characters (but one character per key), or are you looking for more advanced input methods like pinyin?– santileortizAug 18, 2015 at 3:42
Go to Settings - Keyboard - Layout (3rd tab). Add a new language by clicking the plus sign (+) at the bottom left and selecting it from a list.
-Tip: You can quickly change between distributions by pressing Alt+Spacebar. The shortkey can be edited under Settings - Keyboard - Shortcuts - Universal Access - Next Keyboard Layout
Also, after adding multiple keyboard layouts, they should be accessible in a panel applet and be switched from there too with the mouse.
I found a solution in the russian community
Let me translate it.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install dconf-editor
- Open dconf-editor
- Go to org > pantheon > desktop > gala > keybindings
- To enable switching by Alt + Shift execute following command:
gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.keybindings switch-input-source "['<Alt>Shift_L', '<Alt>Shift_R']"
Note: you must press Alt first to switch the layout