I've been using computers for 20 years, and I still haven't found the ideal key combination for switching keyboard layouts.

I've tried so many combinations, including adding a dedicated second keyboard for a particular layout.

The main problem is mixed text, where I find myself changing layouts every other word...

@rzg I don't 100% understand what you mean by switching layouts, but, i use an Ergodox EZ keyboard which is powered by QMK firmware, which allows me to set layers for different layouts and toggle them on/off or "hold key to temporarily enable".

An example would be, I have arrow keys mapped to HJKL on a specific layer, and so I just hold a key on my left hand and HJKL turns into the arrow keys.

QMK is open source and a lot of mech keyboards use this firmware.

@Juliusdelta @rzg arrows mapped to HJKL is amazing.

I have QMK setup with spacebar set to activate that layer on hold and a doubletap on another key locks the layer on/off to turn them into semi-permanent arrows for scrolling longer pages without keeping space held down.

@ecliptik Space hold down is a great idea, that would free up another key for me to use for something else.

Here's my layout if you're interested: configure.ergodox-ez.com/ergod

The interesting stuff is in TextNav1 layer, which is setup for Mac not Linux, I need to situate that at some point. That layer is for "vim like" keybindings every where there's text.


@Juliusdelta ah nice, I haven't seen the ergodox config before. I've only done QMK directly since I have a couple of boards where I attempt to keep them consistent.

Here's my space-hold and double tap toggle config (TT), github.com/ecliptik/qmk_firmwa

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