Switching keyboard layouts?

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Switching keyboard layouts?

Postby jschall on Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:09 am

I live in Québec.

To type that "é", I had to open a terminal, and type "setxkbmap ca". To switch back, so I could type the quotes, I had to enter "setxkbmap us" at the command line.

There HAS to be a better way, but I have been searching the User Guide, the Wiki and this Forum for the past hour without any luck.

I have edited my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to:

Option "XkbLayout" "us ca"

but I'm not sure that is correct.

I have added the layout indicator to the panel, and it displays the current layout as either Can or USA.

But I would ideally like to configure a keyboard shortcut to toggle the two layouts, as I was able to do in the OpenGEU (E17) window manager. Something like ALT-SHIFT-1 for us, and ALT-SHIFT-2 for ca.

Any suggestions?

- Jeff Schallenberg
Saint Lambert, Québec
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Re: Switching keyboard layouts?

Postby rivenought on Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:27 am

Have you tried using the French keyboard layout instead of the US/Canada one? It might be worth a try.
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Re: Switching keyboard layouts?

Postby jschall on Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:45 am

I found the answer in "Keyboard Preferences/Layouts/Layout Options/Layout Switching", where you can select from among about 30 different key combos to switch layouts. I chose ALT+SHIFT, so I can now easily type "/" and "é" with the same key :-)

As for the "fr" keyboard - no, thanks, rivenought! I'm used to the Canadian layout, and the French one is too weird for me!

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