mintty randomly switches keyboard-layout

Helmut Karlowski
Tue May 1 10:13:00 GMT 2012

Am 01.05.2012, 11:47 Uhr, schrieb Andy Koppe <>:

> On 1 May 2012 10:32, Helmut Karlowski wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I notice quite often that my german keyboard-layout in mintty gets  
>> changed
>> into an english one. Alt-F8 (Reset) does not bring back the german  
>> layout,
>> so I can only exit and restart mintty. I think it mostly happens when  
>> doing
>> Copy/Paste-operations using Ctrl-Ins/Shift-Ins but I'm not sure about  
>> this.
>> Is there a way to avoid this or to reset the layout back to german?
>> I'm using mintty 1.0.3 on cygwin 1.7.13.
> I'd suspect a system-wide shortcut for switching keyboard layout.
> Those are well hidden in the Control Panel, under 'Region and
> Languages -> Keyboard and Languages -> Change Keyboard -> Advanced Key
> Settings' (on an English Windows 7). Looks like the default shortcut
> for switching between input languages is 'Left Alt + Shift', which
> might collide with shortcuts in terminal applications.

True - it was set this way. I've deactivated it now and will see if it  
helps. Maybe I switched accidentally when doing Copy/Paste.

Helmut Karlowski

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