Language Changes to Chinese While Writing Code in Visual Studio 2008

I recently experienced what could be misinterpreted as a bug in Visual Studio 2008.  While feverishly typing code, the language “randomly” changed to Chinese.  Here’s what it looked like:


Of course it’s not a a bug–it’s a feature!  Left ALT + SHIFT is the Windows shortcut for changing the input language, and since I use ALT and SHIFT so frequently in Visual Studio, I occasionally hit the keys at the same time!

You can easily see which language you are in by looking at the language bar:


You can change or disable the keystrokes by right-clicking on the language bar and selecting Settings:


Then select Between input languages and click Change Key Sequence:


If you have fat finger issues like me, you probably want to select Not Assigned.

So next time you find something that seems like a bug, remember, it just might be a feature!


Comments (5)

  1. Greg says:

    This was very helpful.  Thanks for posting it.

  2. Anthony says:

    Thank you for that, it was driving me crazy.

  3. Drew says:

    Thanks! I assumed it as VS flaking out on me. Only just now occurred to me it might be a feature. Thanks for confirming.

  4. Thankful says:

    That is so helpful.. heres to more happy slapping on the keyboard