Set Grave Accent (~) as a language switcher for Mint

Environment: Linux Mint 17.2

Mint comes with the default language switcher as ALT + Left Shift. But I normally like Grave Accent (~) to switch between languages as I used Microsoft Windows for a long time. Here are the steps to add Grave Accent (~).

  • Download zip file grave-key.
  • Open downloaded folder. You will find compressed file name "grave-key.tar.gz".
  • Double click at file name "grave-key.tar.gz". It will open uncompressed program. Click "Extract".


  • You will find one folder name "grave-key" in the same folder.
  • Open command line Terminal. Click at "Menu", select "Terminal".

  • At the cursor, type command "su -" to change to "root". Enter root password.
  • Change directory to the downloaded folder by typing "cd /home//Downloads/grave-key".
  • Make sure that the file "script.sh" allow execute permission like "-rwxr-xr-w". Otherwise, you can run command "chmod 755 script.sh"
  • Run "script.sh" file by typing "./script.sh" and press ENTER.
  • Type "exit" to quit from being root.
  • Type "exit" again to exit from Terminal.
  • Click the language icon at the bottom right of the screen. Select "Keyboard Settings".
  • Select tab "Layouts" and then click "Options..." button.
  • Expand "Layout switching".

  • Scroll down to search for "Gave switches layout.". Select the toggle button to enable it. Click "Close" button.


Now, you will be able to use Grave Accent as a language switcher!


Credit: www.gotoknow.org/posts/372164

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