Here is what I did: enter image description here

  • I disabled "Keep system layouts" in settings.
  • Added my secondary language (Arabic) to keyboard layouts.
  • Modified the layout change keys to: "Alt+Shift" and "Left Alt+Left Shift".

My (right) "Alt+Shift" keys successfully change the language from English to Arabic but never back! Left Alt+Left Shift are working just fine.

Being right-handed I really need to get the right Alt+Shift keys to successfully swap between the two input languages.

OS: Lubuntu 18.04 x64 - I clean-installed it today.

  • How did you even get the screen shot? I don't have this thing called the keyboard layout hander. Did you install it from somewhere? – itsols Jul 19 '18 at 6:09
  • @itsols It is a panel applet. You can add it to your panel. imgur.com/download/PQN9jI7 – Ebram Shehata Jul 20 '18 at 3:42

When the Arabic layout is effective, Right Alt is defined (by default) as the key to access 3:rd and 4:th level symbols. That's probably the reason why you can't use it to switch back to English.

You have two options. Either

  • start using some other shortcut for switching layouts, or
  • explicitly define some other key but Right Alt to access 3:rd and 4:th level symbols.
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  • But I used to use the same software with same shortcut without any problems! – Ebram Shehata May 2 '18 at 0:26
  • @EbramShehata: It's hard for me to comment on that. I think you'll notice a difference if you add lv3:ralt_alt to the list of layout options. But then you won't be able to access 3:rd and 4:th level symbols on the Arabic layout. For that you need yet another option; which one depends on which key you want to use for the purpose. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson May 2 '18 at 0:40

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