Before Windows 8, the Alt+Shift shortcut changed the input method (keyboard layout) for the current app. This permitted to map an input method to each app.

For example I could keep the default layout for my apps where I write in english and switch to a french layout in apps where I write in french. This was working great: each app had his keyboard layout.

Now with Windows 8 the Alt+Shift key has a global behavior for all applications. This meens I have to change my input method almost each time I change from app to app.

Is there a way to restore the pre-Windows-8 behavior? Or is there another shortcut?

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There is a new "advanced language settings" panel.

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Use the "Let me set a different input method for each app window" to check.


For Windows 8, press Win+Space.


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