My Ctrl+Alt key combination is not recognized by my OS. My Ctrl and Alt keys both work individually. I am simply not able to use any shortcuts with Ctrl and Alt together.

I am fairly certain that something is intercepting the Ctrl+Alt command as soon as I click Alt. However, in my keyboard settings, there is nothing that uses the Ctrl+Alt hotkey. I even did a reset of all the keyboard shortcuts to be sure.

The reason why I think something is intercepting it, is that I installed some software involving switching to a Latin keyboard using the (Ctrl+Alt hotkey). And I do not know how to change this setting.

How can I fix this issue?

  • For example, I would like to use the standard <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <T> shortcut to open up a terminal. The fact of the matter is is that I cannot use any <Ctrl> + <Alt> [+ X] hotkey where X is any combination of keys. Oct 4 '18 at 12:03
  • Yes, I think that may be the case but I am unsure on how to change it. When I go to Settings --> Region & Language --> Input Sources Options, I see that the keyboard shortcut for ¨Alternative switch to next source" is set to <Alt> + <Ctrl>. It says that I can change this shortcut in the keyboard settings but I see no such option. Oct 4 '18 at 12:10

This is a known issue with GNOME shell, shortcuts get triggered on-keypress instead of on-release (see this). Since you have Ctrl+Alt set to change the keyboard layout, whenever you attempt to press Ctrl+Alt+something, the shell registers only Ctrl+Alt immediately after you've pressed Alt and changes the layout.

You can disable this Ctrl+Alt combination using (GNOME) Tweaks. First install it by running

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks

and use the tool to disable the combination. Refer to this for details: Ubuntu 17.10 and later: can't change the input switching shortcut to alt+shift

  • It helped me a lot. Thanks!
    – luke
    Nov 26 '20 at 19:19

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