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If you have multiple input languages installed in Windows (under the Region and Language control panel item → Keyboards and Languages), is there a quick way to switch between languages (e.g. switch between English and Russian keyboards)?

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The default shortcut to rotate languages is Left Alt+Shift.

If you have more than two languages, I suggest you to set separate shortcuts for the different languages in Language preferences → Advanced settings → Change language bar hot keys

For example, I have Ctrl+Shift+1 set to Russian and Ctrl+Shift+2 set to Japanese IME, as I have 8 more layouts installed and it would take way too long to rotate through them all.

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10 layouts? I have six and I thought that I'm crazy. But ten! :) – Sergio Tulentsev Jun 13 '12 at 21:02
Official documentation: – Oliver Salzburg Sep 15 '12 at 11:47

The default shortcut key to switch between input languages is Left Alt+Shift in Windows (tested on Windows 7).

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It is actually just Alt + Shift, i.e. the right ones work as well. – texnic Jun 13 '12 at 21:03
I didn't realize that (it shows Left Alt in the Windows dialog). Thanks! – Derek Morrison Jun 13 '12 at 21:13

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