Ubuntu: Keyboard layout indicator “work” but the keyboard layout doesn't actually switch


In Xfce, when I press Alt+Shift keyboard indicator switch between us and ru but the layout doesn't switch actually.

Xubuntu 14.04

I've tried: different keyboards (doesn't help).

This problem appeared after I remapped a certain key following this: How do I remap certain keys or devices?

Update. The problem affects KDE desktop environment too. In Unity everything is OK.


When I had Xubuntu I had the same issue just for Hebrew. But playing with settings fixed it.

  1. Check that your system settings are correct (Settings -> Text Entry).
  2. Make sure also that shortcut is not taken in Keyboard Shortcuts and that no key associated with Next input method. Try to remove everything from Input Methods settings.
  3. Go to keyboard settings, and change layout configurations.
  4. Try to clean/reset mapping settings: How do I clear xmodmap settings?

If it still doesn't work try:

  1. Check that the plugin xfce4-xkb-plugin is installed (just run sudo apt-get install xfce4-xkb-plugin)
  2. try to map manually sudo setxkbmap -optiongrp:switch,grp:alt_shift_toggle us,ru


  1. Right-click on the indicator and click preferences.
  2. Select the advanced tab.
  3. Unselect "Use system keyboard layout".


Note:If u also have question or solution just comment us below or mail us on toontricks1994@gmail.com
Next Post »