In Windows 7 and 8, the following keyboard shortcuts exist when both left-to-right and right-to-left languages are installed:

  • Ctrl+Right Shift sets the text direction to right-to-left.
  • Ctrl+Left Shift sets the text direction to left-to-right.

This is a problem because they conflict with the standard Ctrl+Shift+ and Ctrl+Shift+ shortcuts. (These are used to select the next/previous word, respectively.)

Besides removing the right-to-left languages from the system, is there a way to disable these shortcuts?

  • Which word processors? The keyboard shortcuts for left align and right align are usually Ctrl + L and Ctrl + R, respectively.
    – iglvzx
    Mar 15, 2012 at 16:31
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    Notepad, for instance, although I would rather categorize it as self-inflicted pain rather than a word processor. Sep 19, 2012 at 10:54
  • Is the RTL switch happening also when you have active En (English - United States) keyboard?
    – miroxlav
    Jul 29, 2015 at 17:24

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I haven't found how to disable the shortcut withing Windows, but if you're open to using AutoHotKey, there's a workaround:

Use AutoHotKey to map Right Shift to be Left Shift

No more RTL by mistake, and my Ctrl+Shift+ works without problem. I don't yet know of any reason why I need RShift, so I'm happy with this so far.

AutoHotKey mapping syntax is simple on this one:


Credit: Inspired by @gogowitsch in a comment on https://superuser.com/a/490244/93731


Go to Control Panel -> Clock, Language, and Region -> Language -> Advanced settings -> Advanced Key Settings -> Change Key Sequence... and change the settings to Not Assigned

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    I tried, this doesn't actually stop the RTL change from happening when I hit Ctrl+RightShift (and end up not hitting the left or right arrow)
    – Daryn
    Mar 23, 2017 at 19:23

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