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    changing keyboard layout using keyboard shortcuts

    After loosing my second hard disk with ubuntu 7.04(gnome) on it I installed xubuntu 8.04.1 with wubi on windows.

    The big shock was of course the lack of readily available automated keyboard layout change mechanism(CONFIGURABLE applet)). Anyhow, I managed to edit xorg.conf or how else it is called, an now with the applet and using MOUSE I can change to several languages.

    How can I do this using alt-shift for example?

    Thank you in advance...
    Last edited by offline; July 6th, 2008 at 09:41 AM.

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    Re: changing keyboard layout using keyboard shortcuts

    For Hardy, have a look at System->Preferences->Keyboard->Layouts->Layout Options->Layout Switching.
    Don't try to make something "fast" until you are able to quantify "slow".

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    Re: changing keyboard layout using keyboard shortcuts

    Nothing in there...This is xfce xubuntu...Even it was there this isn't what I am asking. I allready can switch languages using mouse.

    What to edit to be enabled switching layouts with keyboard?

    Thanks anyway.

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    Re: changing keyboard layout using keyboard shortcuts

    I'm not sure about Xubuntu. Using what I posted above allows you to set a key combination to switch keyboard layouts via the keyboard in Ubuntu.
    Don't try to make something "fast" until you are able to quantify "slow".

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    Re: changing keyboard layout using keyboard shortcuts

    I have just done this for my own Xubuntu 9.10 hoping this post may help others in future who may come across it.

    Right click on an empty space on the top panel.
    Choose "Add new items..."
    Click on "Keyboard Layouts" (Keyboard layouts setup & switch plugin) & Add.
    When it appears right click & go to Properties. Take it from there, it's pretty straight forward from here.

    In my case I added Arabic to the "Keyboard Layouts" then chose "Alt + Shift" in "Change layout option" to swtich quickly & comfortably between that & my English layout.

    And that, ladies & gentleman, was my first post ever to the Ubuntu forums yaay!! lol

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    Re: changing keyboard layout using keyboard shortcuts

    Right click on an empty space on the top panel.
    Choose "Add new items..."
    Click on "Keyboard Layouts" (Keyboard layouts setup & switch plugin) & Add.
    When it appears right click & go to Properties. Take it from there, it's pretty straight forward from here.

    In my case I added Arabic to the "Keyboard Layouts" then chose "Alt + Shift" in "Change layout option" to swtich quickly & comfortably between that & my English layout.

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    Re: changing keyboard layout using keyboard shortcuts

    @jhoney142

    Your method did not work for me. I could not find the keyboard layout among the list of applications to be added to the panel. I am using Xubuntu 11.04. Any hint?

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