Cannot switch between input languages using Hotkey in Windows 10/8

You can switch between input languages using the Language Bar docked in the taskbar or you can do so using a Hotkey. By default, Windows uses Left Alt + Shift key combination to switch between the input languages. But if you find that you are unable to switch between input languages using the Hotkey, then maybe this solution will help you.

Cannot switch between input languages

Right-click on the Language Bar in your Windows 8.1 taskbar, and select Settings.


The Language Control Panel applet will open. Select Advanced Settings from the left side.


Under Switching option methods, click on the Change language bar hot keys.


In the Text Services and Input Languages box, select the Advanced Key Settings tab. Select the Action and then on the Change Key Sequence button.

Cannot switch between input languages

Check the Enable Key Sequence checkbox and set the Hotkey you want to use. Click OK, Apply and Exit.

You should now be able to use the newly set Hotkey to change the input language.

Sometimes, even after enabling language bar in your Windows Control Panel, you may find that the Language bar is missing. This post will show you how to restore the missing Language Bar in Windows 8.1. If you wish to disable the Input Indicator or Language Bar in Windows 8.1, then this post will show you how to Turn Off Language Bar.

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  1. Viswanath

    Is there any provision on Windows 8.1 settings to get notification when the battery is fully charged? Otherwise, please suggest any third party software for that purpose. Thank you.

  2. Mykola

    i have a problem with this feature. After a restart the hotkeys are each time deleted… However, it`s not really a restore to default settings, because I removed the Alt+Shift combination, and it doesn`t reappear upon PC restart.
    anyone knows how to deal with this one?

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