OS - El Loki stable.

Hello! I have a problem when i use PHPStorm or something. For example i need to Push my commits to git. I press ctrl+shift+k and keyboard layout switch first, and CTRL+SHIFT+K not works.

Is there any fix of this?

This also happens with other keyboard shortcut's (CTRL+SHIFT+C, CTRL+SHIF+F etc)

  • check if that keyboard shortcuts are not associated with other commands in the config > keyboard. Are these shortcuts (CTRL+SHIFT+K) working within oher programs?
    – Rho
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 13:16
  • I encountered the same problem, and I decided to change the keyboard shortcut to change language on Alt + Space yet. Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 13:45
  • No, all shortcut's with CTRL + SHIFT + key - just switch layout
    – core01
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 23:10
  • @Rho In Terminal when i press CTRL+SHIFT + A Loki select all TEXT, but layout switched to next language
    – core01
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 23:19
  • what shortcut are you using to change layout on Settings>Keyboard>Layout? Commented Sep 25, 2016 at 22:02

2 Answers 2


Opt+Shift is the default shortcut for changing keyboard layouts in Loki, so you'll need to change that if you want to use the same modifier keys for other shortcuts.

You can do this at Settings > Keyboard pane > Layout subtab > "Switch layout"

Keyboard Layout

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    No. Because ALT + SHIFT + key will do smth. Just switch layout no more.
    – core01
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 0:24
  • Not sure what you mean by no—we would need to know more about what exactly is conflicting
    – wolf
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 3:26
  • i want to use CTRL + SHIFT to switch layout. i have been using CTRL+SHIFT more than ten years. It's force of habit. Now i'm using UBUNTU 16.04 where those hotkeys are working.
    – core01
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 6:34
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    I'm not sure how Ubuntu does it, my guess is Ctrl+Shift only works after you release some of the keys, maybe all layout switching shortcuts should be triggered on release and not on press, but I'm not completely sure about this. Can you test if all layout switching keybindings are release based on Ubuntu? I've reported the bug bugs.launchpad.net/gala/+bug/1629505, your feedback over there is always appreciated. Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 2:15
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    @santileortiz i have already report this bug bugs.launchpad.net/gala/+bug/1627544 In ubuntu wheni hold CTRL+SHIFT NOTHING happens, when i unhold CTRL + SHIFT - keyboard layout changes. In Elementary OS - when i hold CTRL + SHIFT - LAYOUT changes. There is no chance to use CTRL + SHIFT + key in Elementary OS. In ubuntu every shortcut with CTRL+SHIFT+key are works perfectly. Sorry for my bad english.
    – core01
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 17:25

I my self switched from ubuntu and didn't know that this bug exists. but I have found that this bug is actually really old, you can spend some time to read it but in short, there are several patches proposed over the past years, and they are against the specification?


So, I have no knowledge of Xorg patching, but I guess the patches that are proposed over there can solve it.

[Didn't want to post this as an answer, but I couldn't comment because of my rep]

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