What shortcut key do you use to switch keyboards on your mac? Windows uses Alt + Shift, and on the Mac the default is Apple + Space. However, that's also the shortcut for spotlight.

I ended up disabling the spotlight shortcut.

What's your preferred keyboard switching shortcut?

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On a Mac I use Command + Shift + Z to switch languages. I was already used to Alt + Shift from Windows and, since Command + Shift alone wasn't a valid combo, I just added the nearest key (Z).

  • Looks like a reasonable thing to do
    – alok
    Commented Jul 27, 2009 at 11:28

Since I use GNOME-DO on Linux, and used to use Google Desktop Search on Windows, I changed the spotlight shortcut to Ctrl + Space, and use Apple + Space for language switching.

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