I read THIS answer that was really good on how to change the keyboard layout with Left Ctrl + Left Shift, but when I use

Ctrl Shift C (to copy on terminals)

and Ctrl Shift V (to paste on terminals)

the keyboard layout changes and I cannot perform the copy/paste action. In Elementary Luna, which I had previously, It would only change the Layout ON KEY UP. Hence, it would not conflict with Ctrl + Shift + (whatever key). And on Freya, according to that answer, it is ON KEY DOWN.

Is there any chance to make it work like Luna, and the key combination Left Shift + Left Ctrl take effect only ON KEY UP?


The problem with using modifiers (shift, ctrl, alt, super) is that they are modifiers, and not designed to actually change something themselves. I would suggest that a far easier fix would be to simply assign the shortcut to , Ctrl + Shift + L or something similar. Basically, include a non-modifier key in all your shortcuts.

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    Thing is: It worked on Elementary Luna. I'd like it to behave the same way. It is possible. – Aleksandrus Dec 19 '15 at 22:30
  • It also works in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS but doesn't work in Elementary Loki. So using alternative shortcuts is not a solution. I prefer Ctrl+Shift. – Ezze Feb 12 '18 at 10:12

The problem is that shortcut works on key press than key release. You are using Ctrl + Shift to language change. The linked post also have option Shift + Alt.

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

Use it and you can avoid conflict.

  • I also prefer to use Ctrl+Shift over Shift+Alt. So using Shift+Alt instead doesn't answer the question. – Ezze Feb 12 '18 at 10:09

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