Change Hotkeys to Switch Keyboard Layout in Windows 10

Recent Windows 10 builds come with a new "Region & Language" page in the Settings app. It completely replaces the classic "Language" applet of Control Panel, which is removed starting with Windows 10 Build 17063. The new page allows users to change the display language, text-to-speech, speech recognition, and handwriting options. Here is how to change hotkeys to switch keyboard layout in Windows 10 because the UI for it has changed.

If you upgraded to Windows 10 Build 17074, its new language options can look strange to you. Unlike previous releases, it does not include the Language settings UI in the Control Panel. Now you have to use Settings to configure language settings in Windows 10.

By default, Windows 10 comes with two predefined keyboard shortcuts to switch layouts: one of them is the old, familiar Alt + Shift key combination and the other is Win + Space key combination. However, some users also changed the key sequence to Ctrl + Shift or the Grave accent (`), located below Esc. Because of redesigned settings, it may not be so obvious how to change this hotkey.

As of this writing, Windows 10 Build 17074 is most recent release of the OS. It doesn't offer any Settings page which could allow you to change the hotkeys for the input language. Instead, it offers a link which opens the classic Control Panel applet. Ironically, this applet is not accessible from the classic Control Panel any more! The situation should be changed with the final release version of Windows 10 version 1803. Here are a couple of workarounds we found that you can use in the mean time to change the hotkeys to switch keyboard layout in Windows 10 Builds 17063 and above.

To change hotkeys to switch keyboard layout in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Time & language - Keyboard.
  3. Click on the Advanced keyboard settings link.Enable Per Window Keyboard Layout In Windows 10 Img1
    Update: Starting with build 17083, the Advanced Options link was moved to Devices - Typing. The Keyboard page was eliminated.Advanced Keyboard Options Link
  4. There, click on the link Language bar options.Settings Language Bar Options Link
  5. This will open the familiar dialog "Text Services and Input Languages".Keyboard Layout DialogTip: This dialog can be opened directly with the following  command:
    Rundll32 Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL input.dll,,{C07337D3-DB2C-4D0B-9A93-B722A6C106E2}
  6. Switch to the Advanced Key Settings tab.Change Hotkeys To Switch Keyboard Layout In Windows 10 Img1
  7. Select Between input languages in the list.
  8. Click on the button Change key sequence, select the new key, and click OK.Change Hotkeys To Switch Keyboard Layout In Windows 10 Img2

You are done.

An alternative way you can use is a simple Registry tweak.

Change hotkeys with a Registry tweak

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Keyboard Layout\Toggle

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. On the right, modify or create a new string (REG_SZ) value named Hotkey.
  4. Set it to one of the following values:
    1 - Key Sequence enabled; use LEFT ALT+SHIFT to switch between locales.
    2 - Key Sequence enabled; use CTRL+SHIFT to switch between locales.
    3 - Key Sequences disabled.
    4 - The grave accent key (`), located below Esc toggles input locales.
  5. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to sign out and sign in to your user account.

You are done.

If you are running the stable version of Windows 10, refer to the following article:

How to configure language settings in Windows 10

The method described in the mentioned article works in all previously released Windows 10 versions and builds prior to Windows 10 Build 17063.

6 thoughts on “Change Hotkeys to Switch Keyboard Layout in Windows 10

  1. MereNonsense

    There is no info here (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Keyboard Layout\Toggle) about a particular language hotkey.
    On your screenshot it states “To English — (None)”
    Where do I find it? I want a .reg file to set those hotkeys.

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  3. ExaFlop

    Is there any option/tweak to play sound on layout switching. It’s for disabled peoples. Even to play different sound for different layout.

  4. Susan Zakar

    You can make the process a bit simpler by typing “advanced keyboard settings” in the windows search field. It works the same way, but I find it easier. Thanks for the info.

  5. Eduardo Hungaro

    Many thanks for the helpful information! Especially by the command line to change the function! :)

  6. a

    Thank you for this!


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