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I've tried going to Region and Language and adding a layout, even making it the default layout, but for some reason I'm stuck with my original layout and I can't seem to change it. In GNOME 2 and in Unity, there's a panel applet that allows you to quickly change between keyboard layouts, but there doesn't seem to be one in Gnome Shell. Does anyone know a way to get that applet in the panel (loading it manually?) or at the very least change the keyboard layout via the terminal?

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You'll find the keyboard layout settings in the region and languages setting panel. Go to the user menu, choose System Settings, then Region and Language, then switch to the Layouts tab.

The layout chooser and keyboard shortcuts (under options) should be pretty familier from the Gnome 2 days. Once there is more than one layout you should get a little switcher applet too.

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Access Region and Language, Layous, ang then just add the desired layout to "Input Sources: ...". –  Rubens Sep 27 at 2:35

This worked for me... got to:

System Settings --> Keyboard layout, tab Layouts --> Options... Key(s) to change layout

Pick any one you like, even multi options work for me...

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Here is some more updated information: as of Nov. '14. I input Japanese and English regularly and got stuck on this after an upgrade -using ubuntu gnome 14.04

I type Japanese and English, so here is how I did it.

In the Region/Language settings, you choose your input method, which implies the keyboard type. So for Japanese, there is a simple "Japanese" setting, which has nothing to do with typing "Japanese", instead it is the "Japanese keyboard layout". In order to type "Japanese", you have to install the ibus-anthy" or "mozc" packages. After reboot, click the little "+" button and scroll down to japanese, notice the added japanese options for "Japanese-Anthy" and "Japanese-Mozc". Add these, then you will get SDK input ability as well as simple typing with correct layout.

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