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There is a nice possibility to bind each keyboard layout to separate keys combination and switch between them.

So you can assign, for instance, shortcut Alt-Shift-0 to "Select English", Alt-Shift-1 to "Select German", Alt-Shift-2 to "Select Arabic".

How to make this on MacOS 10.7.4?

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Keyboard layout? You mean Dvorak, qwerty, arabic and stuff? – duci9y Aug 19 '12 at 15:51
mm.. I mean U.S. English, Dvokar English, German, Arabic, etc. – klm123 Aug 19 '12 at 15:54
And I mean to switch between layouts – klm123 Aug 19 '12 at 15:55
@kim what do you mean by "add to sidebar" and can you explain the part with the 1st menu item etc.... Trying to set this up with Hebrew/English/Russian/Spanish all at once... – Jonathan A. Levi Aug 28 '14 at 12:45
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Hurray! I found a way:

  1. Add layouts in side bar
  2. create an applescript

like this:

on changeKeyboardLayout(layoutName)
tell application "System Events" to tell process "SystemUIServer"
    tell (1st menu bar item of menu bar 1 whose description is "text input") to {click, click (menu 1's menu item layoutName)}
end tell
end changeKeyboardLayout

changeKeyboardLayout("US Extended")

3.Save it in /Library/Scripts

4.Bind it to the keys combination using FastScript

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  1. Go to System Preferences > Language and Text > Input Sources.
  2. Select whatever layouts you want in the sidebar.
  3. You can switch between the layouts using the shortcut using command + [ or command + ].
  4. If you want to change the shortcut, go to the Keyboard preference pane > Keyboard Shortcuts > Keyboard and Text Input.
  5. Here you can change the shortcuts for “Select the next input source” and “Select the previous input source”.
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This is not the answer to my question. My question not about shortcuts "Select next" and "Select previous". I'm asking how to create shortcuts "Select English", "Select German", "Select Arabic". – klm123 Aug 19 '12 at 16:09
Not possible. Nope. – duci9y Aug 19 '12 at 16:17
You are wrong :) – klm123 Aug 19 '12 at 17:29

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