by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 30, 2020)
Eric prefers to use the keyboard for most of his work in Excel but has found that the keyboard language seems to randomly switch to French causing the wrong characters to appear. He traced the problem to unintentionally pressing Shift+Ctrl, which switches the language. With using the Ctrl key for macro shortcuts, the Shift+Ctrl language switch happens all the time. Eric wonders if there is a way to disable the Shift+Ctrl language switch.
The shortcut key that changes the keyboard language is controlled by Windows, not by Excel. That being said, it can be frustrating to have languages change as you are typing away, just because you inadvertently hit the shortcut key. Fortunately, there is a way to change it.
First, get out of Excel. (Like I said, this is a Windows issue, not an Excel issue.) If you are using Windows 10, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Advanced Key Settings tab of the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box.
Figure 2. The Change Key Sequence dialog box.
If you are using a system with Windows 8, then follow these steps:
Note that there are actually two shortcut keys that you can change in the Change Key Sequence dialog box. While you can change just one, if you want, there really isn't much difference between Ctrl+Shift and Left Alt+Shift—they are both very easy to mistakenly press. Thus, it is a good idea to change them both if you are having problems with one of them. (Not Assigned is a good choice. It disables the keyboard shortcuts altogether.)
If you are using Windows 7 you can accomplish the same task in this manner:
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