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In Windows (XP at least), when there are two or more keyboard layouts for the same input language, pressing Ctrl+Shift switches the keyboard layout. Where can this be disabled or changed to another keystroke combination?

A similar feature is changing input languages. Alt+Shift is the default keystroke and that can be changed and disabled through the Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel. The keyboard layout switch (Ctrl+Shift) cannot be found in that panel.

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You were very close to the solution of your problem ;)

Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages tab -> Details...

There, you can edit the hotkeys to change input languages. If you press the Change Key Sequence... button, you will be able to change (disable) the hotkey which switches keyboard layouts (that Ctrl+Shift combination you mentioned).

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Thanks for the reply Neo, that's it. –  Pedro Palhoto Feb 15 '10 at 11:59
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Just to extend the answer. The option is hidden within the "Change Key Sequence..." dialog when selecting the first row in the the two-column "Hot keys for input languages" in Advanced Key Settings. –  Pedro Palhoto Feb 15 '10 at 13:06
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@Pedro - tricky indeed. I went to this dialog this morning, searching for the answer, and stopped just before, because the "change key sequence" was looking like referring to the currently selected item only. No indication about this ctrl+shift. –  Gnoupi Feb 15 '10 at 13:31
    
Hopefully now sanity can be restored. –  Andrew Feb 9 '11 at 21:02
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For those searching an answer for Windows 8: superuser.com/questions/604790/… –  KooKiz Jan 18 at 21:09

This is different in Windows 7. It's in the same Region and Language interface but you do this.

  • Kedyboards and Languages tab
  • Change Keyboards button
  • In New popup go to Advanced Key Settings tab
  • Here you can choose the "Between input lnaguages" item in the list then press Change Key Sequence button.
  • Change to "Not Assigned" radio buttons.
  • Okay 3 times, then voila :)
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Thank you for this... was driving me nuts because CTRL+SHIFT+CLICK opens things up as administrator, but the CTRL+SHIFT would cause my keyboard layout to change. –  Jason Down Jan 31 '13 at 19:04
    
Thanks mate, really helpful in VS where ctrl + Shift + something else do lots of stuff –  SoMoS Jun 3 at 10:31

It has moved again in Windows 8.1. From the desktop:

  • Settings (with the mouse hover at bottom right, then click cogwheel)
  • Control Panel
  • Clock, Language and Region
  • Language (or "Add a language" or "Change input methods" - all go to the same place)
  • Advanced settings (in the left margin)
  • Change language bar hot keys (a hyperlink about halfway down)
  • Advanced Key Settings (tab)
  • Change Key Sequence (button)

There you have (limited) options to change or disable the hotkeys for switching input language or keyboard layout.

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On Windows 7 I opened the "Region and Language" tool. Clicked "Keybords and Languages" tab then clicked "Change keyboards" button. Then in the "Installed services" tree list I selected the keyboards I didn't want (French) and clicked "Remove.

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The registry key controlling this is documented here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc976564.aspx

If you're like me, you will also want to disable ctrl+shift hotkey on the logon screen, so add the reg value mentioned to the HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Toggle key.

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I followed the instruction here (I think) but somehow disabled my keyboard. My Dell INSPIRON laptap is still under warranty so I called them. Pulled the battery, held the power button down, deleted and reinstalled the drivers. No change. Restored to a previous save point fixed it. On recovery I followed these instruction again to disable the key strokes successfully.

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This is not really an answer to the question, more of a comment. –  TheUser1024 Nov 11 '12 at 16:20

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