I'm using three keyboard layouts. One of them I use rarely, so I want to have one shortcut to switch between two layouts and another one to switch to the third one. Switching between 3 layouts using a single shortcut is really inconvenient.

How do I set xkb to do that?

  • what plugin are you using for switching?
    – user47206
    Mar 11 '12 at 23:10
  • What do you mean by "plugin"? Mar 31 '12 at 5:39
  • I mean what desktop environment do you use (gnome? xfce? kde?) and what panel plugin to display/switch keyboards. For example, is it the xfce4-xkb-plugin?
    – user47206
    Mar 31 '12 at 14:55
  • @cipricus I tried different desktop environments (Unity, Gnome Shell, KDE, awesome), ended up using Xfce. I have been using X Neural Switcher for some time, but it has its limitations. So this question is still open. Aug 24 '12 at 8:22
  • Also I have an impression that this can be achieved using xkb only, it's just too complicated for beginners like me. Aug 24 '12 at 8:28

I do not think that what you are asking is possible, while the question is too localized anyway. Keeping a third layout in reserve and activating it by shortcut seems a far more inconvenient procedure to be set even if it were possible than using one shortcut to switch between three layouts.

  • I'm on Xubuntu 12.04, and it seems like this problem is solved, though several times I had my settings reset to default. Thanks for your solution, now I know what I'll do next time this happens. Aug 24 '12 at 8:41
  • what do you mean solved? you got a way of having a second shortcut for the third layout?
    – user47206
    Aug 24 '12 at 9:07
  • you mentioned in one of the previous edits that there was a problem with xfce4-xkb-plugin, with settings being reset after reboot. Aug 24 '12 at 9:41
  • about convenience - well, that's personal. When I used Windows, there was a small utility called keyla. Using this utility I set up switching between first two layouts to Caps,the third one was activated by Shift+Caps, and it really worked for me. Now things have changed a bit and I would appreciate having separate shortcut for each layout. Aug 24 '12 at 9:53

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