Cannot switch keyboard layout

D. Michael McIntyre michael.mcintyre at
Tue Sep 18 00:05:11 UTC 2007

On Monday 17 September 2007, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> In any case, why can I not configure Alt+Shift to switch layouts? I've

It was an interesting quest.  I tried hacking the "kdeglobals" file to put 
Alt+Shift in by hand, since it was impossible to arrive at that using only 
the GUI.

No dice.  I can't figure it out.  It seems this mechanism simply considers 
shift and alt to be modifier keys, and they can only be used in conjunction 
with a non-modifier key.

I don't guess it has to be that way, but I don't know where to begin hacking 
to try to change this.  KDE?  X11?  Something else?

Seems to me your friend is going to have to get over it.  May I suggest 
something like Alt+Shift+Space or Alt+Shift+Z that's easy to whack with one 

I know the kind of user you're dealing with.  I'm glad to be rid of the last 
of mine, to be honest about it.  Except my wife, actually.  She grew up on 
Linux though, so when I put Vista on her machine to play with (long story) 
she was totally pissed off about Windows having everything where she couldn't 
find it in plain sight.  She DEMANDED that I expunge that madness 
immediately, and switch her back to Kubuntu.

I complied.  :)

Anyway, sorry I failed my little quest.  On the bright side, I've been using 
KDE since 2.1, and I never once investigated the keyboard shortcut 
configuration bit.  I've been changing layouts with the damn icon for years 
(on Windows too.)  If I had a nickel for every pointless mouse motion...
D. Michael McIntyre 

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