Hitting Super+Space to switch keyboard layout seriously disrupts my workflow. Every time I switch the layout, text fields get unfocused and I have to select the field again to start typing. And it's just unusable in fullscreen mode, because the fullscreen window gets collapsed.

I suppose, it's some kind of bug, related to the keyboard layout-switching overlay (normally it appears after you hold Super+Space for a second). It seems like it appears event if I press Super+Space very briefly and throws focus off the active windows.

What can I do about this? Isthere some config to disable this overlay altogether?

  • Welcome to AskUbuntu, perhaps change the shortcut key to Control+Space (or something you like) will only do the layout change. Now Super key bound to a window manipulation, imho. May 27, 2022 at 9:46
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    Well, this is a default combination in many systems. Anyway, rebinding doesn't help. May 27, 2022 at 13:37

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Using this extension solved my problem: Quick Lang Switch

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    This is the best option for solving this issue and also removes the quite annoying delay of the language switcher! Feb 22, 2023 at 13:15
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    OMG it really works. Faced the issue of unfocusing a whole window on input source change and didn't find anything else expect ur answer. Quick and productive solution
    – Dominux
    Mar 3, 2023 at 15:34
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    Great! I expected there to be some Gnome extension for that
    – m_ocean
    Mar 27, 2023 at 13:03

The only way I found is to change a setting in Tweaks: In the Windows section change the Window Focus to Focus on Hover or Secondary-Click.

It may be tricky at first, but you get used to it at no time.


I found a workaround but not a solution, unfortunately. As @Viktor mentioned, you can select your option in Tweaks (but excluding Win key in my experience), for example Alt+Shift. Also you need to disable shortcut Win+Space in System Settings → KeyboardKeyboard ShortcutsTyping.


I use GNOME Tweak Tool (GNOME Tweaks in the Ubuntu Software now) as a workaround:

  • Keyboard & Mouse in the left menu.
  • Additional Layout Options button in the right part of the window.
  • Switching to another layout.
  • Select the combination you want. It will not show the overlay.

Gnome Tweak Tool

And in general I'm waiting for a solution too. It's very annoying and completely unusable with individual input source for each window. In this case language is switched only for the language switch overlay.

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