I use Linux Mint, running Cinnamon as my DE.

I'm used to switching keyboard layouts using LAlt+LShift. I'm also used to switching windows between workspaces using LCtrl+LAlt+LShift+<direction>.

I used to have a configuration that allowed me to do both of those seamlessly - I do not remember having any issue with layouts changing without my will or with workspace hotkeys not working.

Unfortunately, a data loss incident has forced me to lose some configs - including this one.

Enabling the layout switching hotkeys in Keyboard Settings now makes me lose functionality I have with Ctrl+Alt+Shift.

How did I manage to set this up? I would like to do it again.


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well, search for keyboard in Cinnamon menu. then the keyboard dialog will show up click on Layout. later on click on Options. there you will find Switching to another layout where you can choose key combinations to switch between layouts.

  • Is there a way to switch layouts inside the group? For example I want to have EN and RU groups. Inside EN group I have only one language. Inside RU I want to have RU and UA layouts. I want to configure ALT+SHIFT To switch between RU/EN groups and I want to use WIN+SPACE to switch between RU/UA layouts inside RU group. Could it be possible? Commented Jun 12, 2023 at 4:36

OP here, again.

First of all, this is now the first search result for my issue!

To all the people who stumble upon this - first of all, it's not only a me problem, it did work in Mint 18. Here's the bug people are tracking:


TL;DR of the link above:

This is a long-standing bug in Xorg.

Ubuntu used to have a patch for it - but doesn't anymore, ever since they switched from the Unity/Lomiri desktop environment and lost the need to keep it around (the bug seems not to affect GNOME shell).

Mint pulls from Ubuntu, so now it is broken for them as well.

To mitigate this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nrbrtx/xorg-hotkeys
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • I've added the commands to do the workaround. Hopefully this will constitute a better answer. Commented Sep 16, 2020 at 19:56

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