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I have Windows 7 RTM, Office 2007 SP1, and a computer with English and Hebrew languages installed. In most programs (e.g. notepad), Left Alt+Shift switches from Hebrew to English and vice versa.

In Word, it also usually works, but sometimes pressing Left Alt+Shift just won't do anything.

Is this a bug in Windows? Word?

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I had the same problem but then I found out that in Windows keyboard settings I've added another keyboad (Serbian) under English (United States), and not beside it. So I vent and set it all up again the right way and now it works. So instead of:

English (United States)

  • Keyboard

    • US
    • Serbian (Latin)

Now I have:

English (United States)

  • Keyboard

    • US

Serbian (Latin)

  • Keyboard

    • Serbian (Latin)
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It happens to me as well sometimes...

I took @alex's advice above (in regional and language .... advanced key settings), and created a shortcut ctrl+0 to change to Hebrew (not between languages).

It fixed the problem.

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Works for me, at least. You can try changing the keystroke to switch input languages in

Regional and Language Options > Keyboard and Languages > Change keyboards > Advanced Key Settings.

Maybe a different combination might work.

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Works for me too. Seems rather strange. –  alex Aug 25 '09 at 10:28
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This happened to me recently. Tried the switch, nothing. Tried again, worked fine. Guess it's a bug (I'm on W7 RC).

I'd recommend trying the alt+shift method, then (if necessary) doing the slow way through regional options. I think this might re-enable the hotkey method.

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