In Ubuntu 18.04, if I click Super+Space, (where Super can be a key marked with Windows logo), I can change keyboard layouts, which is followed with a window overlay or notification (or whatever you wanna call it), which looks like this:


As leftover from my Windows days, I also mapped Left Alt+Shift to change keyboard layout - which it does, however without raising the above window/notification.

Is there a way to set up Gnome3, so that this keyboard layout window/notification is also raised when I hit Left Alt+Shift?


Those are two ways to do it. You should probably first disable the Left Alt+Shift shortcut the way you activated it (assuming you used Tweaks).

Next go to Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard -> Typing. From there you can change the shortcuts for the built-in way to do it - with the overlay - rather than adding a new shortcut.

  • Many thanks, @GunnarHjalmarsson - indeed, it seems I had used Gnome Tweaks to set the shortcut ("Additional layout options"). Instead of "Typing", I see Settings -> Devices -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts, and then have to scroll down to see Typing category. I was about to ask - can I keep both Alt+Shift and Super+Space shortcuts, but there are two there: previous and next layout, so for next I can use alt+shift, for previous I can keep Super+Space. Except, I get a "Set Shortcut" window asking me to press key combo, and it doesn't detect alt+shift - any workarounds? – sdaau Jul 5 '19 at 2:34
  • @sdaau: Hmm.. You are right - it doesn't accept only <Alt>+<Shift>. Then my answer is not very good. And no, I don't know how you would work around that limitation. Only thing I can say, then, is that you can have both - just as you have already - but without the overlay for <Alt>+<Shift>. If the overlay is important (why is that, btw?), then try to get used to <Super>+<Space> or some other combination which it does accept. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Jul 6 '19 at 3:37

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