If you've mastered and used not only one language, but many of them, I believe you
would want to have selections of input source and the input source switcher.
First of all, let me guide you to add more input sources for your Mac OS X 10.6.
- Open System Preferences and go to Language & Text section
- Select Input Sources tab
- Inside, there will be many languages input sources listed. Enable input source for the language by ticking the checkbox next to it
- Now if you click on the menubar flag icon (just next to Spotlight), you will be able to change your input source
Though now you can have more than one language of input sources, it will slow you down
if you can't do the fast switching between input sources. In order to perform a quick input
sources switch, you need to…
- Open System Preferences and go to Keyboard section
- From the sidebar pane, select shortcuts for Keyboard & Text Input
- The last two of the shortcut list displayed on the right pane are used to change your input source
- Assign the same keystrokes for them. If you are using language switching quite often,
you can consider assigning Opt-Tab for them. Otherwise, Cmd-Shift-Space would be
- Lastly, whenever you want to switch to different input source, just press and hold the modifier keys (Opt for Opt-Tab or Cmd-Shift for Cmd-Shift-Space)
- You can perform an action like switching application, i.e. you can press Tab or Space many times to choose the input source
For a side note, if you only need to switch between two input sources, you can just press
the keystrokes without the need of holding modifier keys.
(L). The screenshot of input source selector that I mentioned.
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