I have a problem with switching elementaryOS Freya layout. Shortcut is default (Alt+Space), but when you press it - it opens menu window instead of changing layout. I though a good solution would be to change keyboard layout, however that does not seem an easy task.

I tried looking into System settings > Keyboard > Universal access - however there is no Next layout line. I tried seeting it manually with commands like:

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.gala.keybindings switch-input-source "['Caps_Lock']"

Responds with:

No such key 'switch-input-source'

In dconf - after you navigate to gala.keybindings - there is no line for layouts whatsoever.

Ideas where to continue? Thanks in advance

Edit: it is a deal breaker for me since it really plunges my productivity (laptop does not have numpad and I am frequently change layouts)

  • Do have more than one keyboard layout installed? I do not know if there is the option when only one layout is installed...
    – mazienho
    Mar 28, 2016 at 22:05
  • yes there are two keyboard layouts currently present. Edit: I can change layout with mouse - everything works great Mar 28, 2016 at 22:08
  • edit2: I want to mention that I still cannot change it with keyboard which makes using elementaryOS hard. (since I need to change layout frequently) Mar 29, 2016 at 20:37
  • Did you change any other keys in the "keybindings scheme"? If not you can try to reset all the entries with gsettings reset-recursively org.pantheon.desktop.gala.keybindings. Maybe after that you get the key "switch-input-source" back and you can change it the "normal way".
    – mazienho
    Mar 30, 2016 at 16:57
  • I didn't change any other shortcuts, however I tried resetting with the command you suggested. Still no switch input source. Mar 31, 2016 at 13:29

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It seems that the correct scheme where to find the switch-input key is:

I successfully changed the keyboard input keybinding with the following command:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-input-source "['<Super>f']"

Now, if I press Super+F it changes my keyboard layout.

  • Cannot check if answer is valid. Switched to OS X Aug 5, 2016 at 12:28

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