Cant switch keyboard layout

I'm trying to switch the keyboard layout using the default keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Alt + K) and the the widget at the top dock but none of them is working.

Just updated and started having the problem.


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Have you properly set a second keyboard layout in Plasma System Settings => Keyboard => Layouts ?
Locale settings are not relevant for this issue. Only keyboard layout.
In Plasma it can be set via GUI, while it can be generally set with setxkbmap command.


Thanks for your reply!
Sorry If im wrong, but do you mean this?
Here are the two layouts I have...



I mean, I have it that way but I still have the issue...

What is happening when you execute Ctrl+Alt+K? Nothing?

Was it working previously, and stopped working? Or are trying to get it working and haven't succeeded yet?

What window or program has focus when you try to use the shortcut and it doesn't work?

Have you tested out any other shortcuts in the menu you screenshotted? Are other shortcuts working normally, or also not working?

I have same problem described here

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It doesn't switch just shows single layout active by default

Like if I have us layout active by default when I press Ctrl+Alt+K it shows us
Even if repeat it twice, it shows us layout only

If activated manually then works
I added kannada KaGaPa Varient, Sanskrit KaGaPa Varient layout and after applying in settings the shortcut works

I was able to switch between sanskrit and kannada layout

Even in lock screen it shows up I just tested Meta+L

However it's better to select keyboard layout to default layout as password should be typed in default layout

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@isdr you just switch to tty press Ctrl+Alt+F2
You see a black login screen don't worry just press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to switch gui

After that u see a popup in system tray in gui if keyboard layouts configured correctly

Even if u can't switch back to gui then login after type reboot and hit Enter

I think tty5 is last switch to any of them note that they consume ram if logged in tty prompts u exit from them by typing exit

Here I have made a Youtube video [Watch at 2x speed 720p for clear view]

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When I press Ctrl + Alt + K it only shows my current keyboard but wont switch to the other like this.


I updated my system and started having this problem.

My other shortcuts are working perfectly fine.

Also, I have English kb as my default, but when I add another one it replaces it as my default.

Sheesh this has taken too long, I might go back to manjaro :frowning:

There is an open KDE bug on this.
Try to set English layout first and it should work.


@isdr did u try this on your system mine system is not upgraded

Try this one for updated system

Does it work when done manually through settings ?
If does then try switching tty and gui once then the layout icon may appear in system tray

No need to run scripts !
Simply type Ctrl+Alt+F2 then type Ctrl+Alt+F1

OR keep holding Ctrl+Alt then type F2 and F1

After few seconds the new icon pop into system tray as shown in the YouTube video there u can change layouts also the keyboard shortcuts work after this

You are not supposed to set layout again and again just activate using tty :slightly_smiling_face:

There are some Garuda specific packages, but generally we track very closely with upstream. If an update breaks something this is logically most likely an issue from an upstream project.

Most users prefer to stomp their feet and threaten to go back to $whatever_distro, when in fact filing a bug report with the upstream project is the best way to get the issue corrected.


Replace Netto with Manjaro.

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Thanks for the replies.

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