I have multiple keyboard layouts installed for the US English language. In the past, I was able to hit Win+Space to switch between them, but for some reason that is no longer possible. I have no idea what has caused this so stop working, I didn't change anything from a week or so ago when it was working fine.

  • My guess you have enabled a layout where that particular shortcut is some other key combination. – Ramhound Mar 3 '13 at 3:00
  • How would the layout change though? It has worked with these exact two layouts in the past. – Clueless Mar 3 '13 at 5:10
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    You didn't give enough details to explain the behavior. The keyboard layout would determine what each shortcuts did. If you want more specifics post more details. – Ramhound Mar 3 '13 at 18:03

According to this complete list of Windows 8 global shortcuts, Win-space should still switch keyboard layouts.

This would indicate that some application you've installed has stolen the shortcut. It appears to be very hard to find out what application has taken a global shortcut but there are a couple of tools that claim to do it at least in part. Note that I've not tried these myself and I don't know if they work under Windows 8:

Let us know if they work.

  • Hmm. Hotkey Commander has a sketchy website and only claims to support through Windows 7. ActiveHotKeys explicitly says it won't work with 64-bit machines (such as mine). I will let you know how it goes. EDIT - Hotkey Commander says that Win+Space is registered to explorer.exe, like many other hotkeys that DO work. So I don't think an application has stolen it. – Clueless Mar 13 '13 at 19:15
  • I can confirm on my own W8 that adding a kb layout allows me to switch with Win-Space as expected with a nasty looking graphic on the RHS (which is where my taskbar is). – Julian Knight Mar 13 '13 at 21:10

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