I read about Alt+Space keyboard Shortcut to change the keyboard layout, but it is not working, despite being defined in System Settings. What am I doing wrong?

  • Have you changed any settings? try to reassign: settings --> keyboard --> universal access --> here select "Next keyboard layout ", press Alt+Space. Please let me know :) – Ravan Nov 22 '15 at 14:45
  • @Ravan It does not help. All is same, shortcut doesn't work. Freya is fully updated. – Fireburn Nov 22 '15 at 15:36
  • Are you sure those two keys are working? – Ravan Nov 22 '15 at 15:38
  • Absolutely sure, if you mean that keyboard recognized them. Keys are working, but nothing change... :( – Fireburn Nov 22 '15 at 15:39
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    Wow, it works! Shift+Space worked. But what's up with Alt+Space? – Fireburn Nov 22 '15 at 15:45

With Alt+Space may be problems, but you can change Win+Space in System Settings (Switchboard). This combination does not fail, and works without problems.

Also you can set some other combinations that are not available from Switchboard.


gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.keybindings switch-input-source "['<Alt>Shift_L', '<Alt>Shift_R', '<Shift>Alt_L', '<Shift>Alt_R']"


gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.keybindings switch-input-source "['<Ctrl>Shift_L', '<Ctrl>>Shift_R', '<Shift>Control_L', '<Shift>Control_R']"

Caps Lock:

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.keybindings switch-input-source "['Caps_Lock']"
  • why Alt+Space have problem?, OP already changed to custom shortcut – Ravan Nov 23 '15 at 7:59
  • @Ravan alt+space sometimes doesn't work, for example after kernel upgrade. – png2378 Nov 23 '15 at 8:03
  • sounds logical, can you confirm this – Ravan Nov 23 '15 at 8:05

While solving this issue, I messed up something in dconf and results Alt+Space stopped working. The shortcut working with other combinations.(Even I have set all settings to : Default Settings)

Finally reboot solved the issue.

  • Strange... I don't recall ever modifying something in dconf. I don't know if dconf-editor is installed at all! – Fireburn Nov 22 '15 at 19:08
  • Oh, and, by the way, Alt+Space works when I made it "Previous Keyboard Layout" shortcut. – Fireburn Nov 22 '15 at 19:12
  • @Fireburn I observed one point, but I can't confirm it : When Alt+Space stops working, "Reassaign working for me " – Ravan Nov 23 '15 at 3:45

I found another work around by binding 'Previous Keyboard Layout' to Alt+Space. It works fine.

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