I'm basically using US keyboard as my default, but I also have enabled Czech (QWERTY), which has quite different layout for when I need those special characters.

The problem is, that in the past few days whenever I put focus in a password field in Google Chrome, it automatically switches from the US to Czech and I can't switch back, as it is grayed out.

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But once I click out of the password field, I can change it back without any problems. What could possibly cause this? I'm using OS X 10.6.6 on Macbook Pro if that's of any relevance.

  • In System Prefs > Lang & Text > Input Sources, do you have "Use same in all documents" or "Allow different for each document" selected?
    – user588
    Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 1:38
  • @mankoff: "Use the same one in all documents", but it does the same thing for both options. The problem is that I can't change it when the password field has focus, but once I click somewhere else, I can change it back. Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 2:01
  • While in Chrome, try a cmd+shift+delete, clear all passwords (for all amounts of time), cookie data, history, etc. Does this change anything? Does the same behavior happen in Safari? Commented Jan 24, 2011 at 19:57
  • I have the same problem right now, but in my case is small different. In my Mac was installed languages English and Russian. On focusing password field it changes to English from Russian. I think, it depends on system language, is that ? If you solved the problem help me too. please !
    – Ulug'bek
    Commented Sep 23, 2013 at 6:57
  • This is still an issue, I even have "Automatically switch..." disabled.
    – Kyslik
    Commented Feb 2, 2019 at 15:05

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I've had weird input-switching behavior before when the keyboard shortcut to switch input sources was the same as something else I was using, like Quicksilver. Try disabling or changing the relevant shortcuts in System Preferences (under Keyboard & Text Input).

UPDATE: Detailed instructions:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Open the Keyboard preference (under Hardware)
  • Select Keyboard and Text on the left
  • Find "Select the previous input source" in the box on the right and uncheck it. Its shortcut was probably set to Command-Space.
  • I didn't understand to your answer, because I am not expert at Mac. Can you explain again, but simplified it a bit.
    – Ulug'bek
    Commented Sep 23, 2013 at 7:07
  • @UlugbekKomilovich - see my update. Commented Sep 23, 2013 at 14:34

I could solve the issue by performing the following steps in Chrome:

  • disabling all chrome extensions
  • disable chrome extension developer mode
  • quit and restart chrome
  • enabling the previous settings again
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    for some strange reason this fixed the problematic behaviour (using mavericks 10.9.4, chrome 36.0.1985.143). the keyboard layout was changing automatically in chrome as soon as a password field was clicked. workaround of removing all other input sources is not really acceptable (but works).
    – gabor
    Commented Aug 26, 2014 at 15:31

I'm having the same problem. I ended up just disabling the other two layouts and the problem stopped. Certainly frustrating, when you can't figure out why you're typing gibberish.

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