I cannot find where I can set keyboard shortcut for switching languages.

New problem: I cannot set Alt+Shift combination for that.

2 Answers 2


From language-bar select "Keyboard Layout settings", "Region and Language Settings" or the like. Then select:

Layouts -> Options ... -> Key(s) to change layout

Check off desired key-combination.

If language-bar is not present go to:

Menu -> (System tools)* -> System Settings -> Keyboard -> Typing

click on "Layout Settings".

*Depending on menu layout "System Settings" is at top-level of menu or in sub of System tools.

Or, from command-line, Run menu etc., execute:

gnome-control-center keyboard

click on "Layout Settings".

Tested on system with Gnome3/Cinnamon.


You are not following the instructions. I try again with more pictures ;)

Pictures from Gnome 3 Classic, but was same for Gnome 3 / Cinnamon.

1. Menu -> (System tools)1 -> System Settings – Select Keyboard:

1 Depending on menu layout.

Quickest / fastest way could be:

$ gnome-control-center keyboard

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2. Select "Layout Settings":

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3. Select Layouts
4. Select Options…

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5. Select Key(s) to change layout
6. Check of desired key combination. And make sure there are no other selected (unwanted) combinations.

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Note that for Cinnamon 3.2.7 (Linux Mint 18.1) The option is called "Switching to another layout"

  • Thanks, I found it, but cannot set alt+shift combination. Only with some another key. Can I do this with some config?
    – Mykytak
    Commented May 25, 2013 at 11:24
  • What do you mean by cannot? It isn't there or …? Here it works with both Alt+Shift, Left Alt + Left Shift etc.
    – Runium
    Commented May 25, 2013 at 11:29
  • I try typing alt+shift but nothing happens. Alt, Control and Shift keys set only if I use it with some another button.
    – Mykytak
    Commented May 25, 2013 at 11:37
  • You have to check it of with your mouse. Also remember to remove any old selections. Here it works with e.g. Left Alt alone.
    – Runium
    Commented May 25, 2013 at 11:47
  • My keyboard settings looks like this: 3.bp.blogspot.com/-nZCRySMxpMc/T9VAH3nKrpI/AAAAAAAADew/…
    – Mykytak
    Commented May 25, 2013 at 11:54

I don't use Cinnamon so this might not work for you, but in vanilla Gnome 3.6 you could do this either via terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.keyboard input-sources-switcher alt-shift-l

or via dconf-editor, navigating to org > gnome > settings-daemon > peripherals > keyboard and entering alt-shift-l as a value for the input-sources-switcher key:

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In Gnome 3.8 they have re-added this feature to Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts, via an additional section called Typing:

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