This is similar to How to disable Ctrl+Shift keyboard layout switch (for the same input language) in Windows?, but regards Windows 8.

Here, I can change the keyboard language with Win+Space which is fine, but it also changes with Ctrl+Shift which is not. Is it possible to disable this on Win 8 as well?

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    Thank you for asking this question... this "feature" has really bugged me, and the way to turn it off is not available from the standard settings UI for languages and keyboards.
    – LarsH
    Feb 22, 2014 at 15:31

2 Answers 2


You can disable the sequence Ctrl + Shift in Windows 8.

  1. In "Control Panel" | "Clock, Language and Region" | "Language" click "Advanced Settings" in the left pane.
  2. In "Advanced settings" click "Change Language bar hot keys"
  3. In "Text Services and Input Languages" click "Change Key Sequence" button and disable the the key sequence by selecting the "Not Assigned" radio buttons.
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    interesting, I don't have "Clock, Language and Region". I have Language and Region as separate options in the control panel...
    – kluka
    Aug 13, 2013 at 11:39
  • Ditto (in Windows 8.1). And there is no "Advanced Settings" button. :-(
    – LarsH
    Feb 22, 2014 at 15:35
  • @LarsH: It's not a button, it's a link (on the left). I have it in 8.1. (But then, my version of 8.1 says "Clock, Language and Region", so...) May 22, 2014 at 11:22

In case you can't find the option as it's described in the other answer

  • Control Panel
  • Language
  • Advanced Settings (on the left side)

*Advanced Settings* (on the left side)

  • Switching input methods -> Change Language bar hot keys

Switching input methods -> *Change Language bar hot keys*

  • In the Tab Advanced Key Settings

    In the Tab Advanced Key Settings

  • Change Key Sequence FINALLY!

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    Thank you! I couldn't get the other answer to work, but with this one I was successful. I wish I could upvote this meticulous, illustrated answer twice.
    – LarsH
    Feb 22, 2014 at 15:39
  • The key sequences were already showing up as "(None)" for me, however, by changing each key sequence and enabling and disabling back each of them, I got my Ctrl+Alt+0 freed up again :) Apr 3, 2018 at 14:22
  • Still works in Windows 11 :) (You should click on the Layout in the taskbar > More keyboard settings > Typing (in Related Settings) > Advanced keyboard settings > Input language hotkeys, which will give you the above-displayed Text Services and Input Languages window) Jul 15, 2023 at 20:39

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