Gnome `Alt+Shift` and `Alt+Shift+Tab`

After installing Debian Jessie with Gnome 3.14, I noticed an annoying bug: When I tried to switch windows using Alt+Tab it worked as it should, but when I tried to switch in reverse order, using Alt+shit+Tab it did not work. I quickly figured out that the problem lies in the frequently used shortcut, Alt+Shift for switching keyboard layouts. Indeed, when I tried cycling through windows, I switched keyboard layouts instead.

The gist of the solution was found after some searching in Stack Exchange albeit it needs some adjustment for newer version of Gnome: Start the Gnome’s Tweak Tool and select Typing from the Tweaks menu. Under “Miscellaneous compatibility options” select “Shift cancels Caps Lock”.

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This fixed the issue for me, without any side-effects. I don’t need to use Shift-Alt instead of Alt-Shift as suggested in the original solution and neither the Shift key cancels the Caps Lock as may be suggested by this option.

5 thoughts on “Gnome `Alt+Shift` and `Alt+Shift+Tab`

  1. אהרוני

    I had a similar problem, and I switched to Windows-space, which is also similar to how it works on Macs. (Macs are less popular in Israel, but very popular in California where our office is.)

  2. Mohammed Taher

    It worked like magic. This bug was very annoying.
    Thank you very much.

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