Just updated to Windows 10. The expected change language shortcut stopped working.

In the settings it shows that "Alt + Shift" is supposed to work, just like before the upgrade, but it does not. The tool tip window that is shown when I float over the language bar says that the shortcut is "Windows key + Space", which works, but I prefer "Alt + Shift" like it used to be.

How can I make it use "Alt + Shift" again?

  • I've re-read this a couple of times... What is the question? Are you wanting to remap the shortcut to what it used to be? – NateR Aug 3 '15 at 6:06
  • The shortcut doesn't work. – RCB Aug 3 '15 at 6:06
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    But you said that Windows key + space does work... Does that not work as well? – NateR Aug 3 '15 at 6:08
  • In the settings it shows that "alt + shift" supposed to work; but it doesn't. "win key + space" does work - can't change the shortcut – RCB Aug 3 '15 at 6:10
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    So back to my first question... WinKey + space works (as intended, it looks like), but you want it to be changed to Alt + shift? I'm having a hard time finding out what you are wanting to do. – NateR Aug 3 '15 at 6:15

Go to Control Panel\Clock, Language, and Region\Language\Advanced settings, in a section called Switching input methods click on Change language bar hotkeys, continue with Advanced key settings tab, then click on button Change Key Sequence... and then choose from a list called Switch Keyboard Layout your desired LEFT ALT + SHIFT hotkey.

  • as I said this option already selected – RCB Aug 25 '15 at 22:16
  • In a language settings, there should be one Windows display language, which has two keyboard layouts added, for example US and DE. Go again to in Change Key Sequence... menu a make sure you've chosen the option Not Assigned in a column Switch Input Language and your Left Alt + Shift in the Switch Keyboard Layout column. Then it should work. At least it works for me. – quaken Aug 25 '15 at 22:39
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    I could not make it work on my Lenovo S21e-20 notebook. The only setting that allows me to iterate through keyboards (languages) is when I have the "Use the desktop language bar when it's available" unchecked and the following language bar hotkeys set: Switch Input Language: Ctrl + Shift; Switch Keyboard Layout: Left Alt + Shift. Actually, the Left Alt + Shift does not seem to do anything, but at least, I can switch languages using a hotkey combination (not the one I normally used, but it's better than nothing). – Alek Davis Sep 8 '15 at 5:58
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    The weird thing is that it works fine on all other systems I upgraded. Just Lenovo has this issue. – Alek Davis Sep 15 '15 at 19:56
  • There is a problem with lenevo and windows 10 and the numlock key. actually I don't why but the problem is solved when I opened the numlock and the alt button worked! check this link for more info worldstart.com/alt-keys-not-working-in-windows-10 – shady sherif Jul 2 '17 at 14:41

I had the same problem when adding a 2nd keyboard layout. I deleted the 2nd layout, installed a complete 2nd displaylangue containing the 2nd keyboard layout and the problem is solved.

Shift+tab only seems to work when switching between keyboard lay-outs in different display language on my machine. Perhaps you have the sake issue.

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