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I am used to changing often my keyboard layout. Therefore I can easily use the indicator in the notification area.

However it does not look very nice, because of its colors. Is there a mean to replace it by a 'mono-colored' indicator, for the Ambiance and for the Radiance themes ?

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This is a bug that should be fixed in the next release, in the meantime
there is a workaround:

Included in the tarball are the 246 iso country coded "flag" icons for the keyboard indicator in 22px size for a dark panel background. Each of these flags consists of a box with the two letters of the iso code inside.

By untarring this archive into ~/.icons/ should create a folder called flags containing all of the files.

Next run in the terminal:

gconftool-2 --type boolean --set /desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard/indicator/showFlags "True"

Which will enable keyboard indicator flags.

The tarball mentioned above: flags.tar.bz2

Screenshot of keyboard layout indicator

Flag icons for the Faenza icon set: [Default] [Dark Panel]

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I think installing the famfamfam-flag-png package is much easier – Nick Andrik Oct 27 '12 at 17:41

KKBSwitch is the closest I could find. It's an icon that sits in your system tray, allowing you to switch layouts quickly.

I could've sworn there used to be a GNOME Panel applet for this. I don't know where it went.

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