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Keyboard shortcut ctrl+alt+F (Search in Your Library) not working with colemak layout

Keyboard shortcut ctrl+alt+F (Search in Your Library) not working with colemak layout

Plan

Premium

Device

PC

Operating System

Windows 10 Enterprise

Spotify App Version

Spotify for Windows (64 bit)
1.2.30.1135.g02fef27a

 

My Issue

The keyboard shortcut for "Search in Your Library" ctrl-alt-F is not working. I figured that some keyboard layout/languages treat ctrl+alt+*some letter* as special character typing (Alt Gr on keyboards or ctrl+alt combination). I did not find any working and reliable way to disable AltGr functionality without interfering with other Windows functionalities.

 

A workaround for this issue is switching to another language, hitting ctrl-alt-F, reverting to the previous layout OR scroll to the top of the "Your Library" list and mouse-click the small magnifying glass icon.

 

As far as I understand keyboard shortcuts with ctrl-alt should be avoided on Windows for that exact reason (https://devblogs.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20040329-00/?p=40003). The article is old but it seems to be still valid. I guess Spotify designers have found a gap for this exact key combination (ctrl-alt-F) to be vacant for some widely used keyboard layouts and I may be the only "Windows-spotify-colemak-user" out there.

 

If you have any suggestions for easy access to "Search in Your Library" or another workaround for the issue, I will be happy to hear.

 

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1 Reply

Hey there @Emilibrius,

 

This was an interesting read, thanks for sharing it! Our tech folks are always striving to provide the most optimal user experience for everyone, and your feedback on this is greatly appreciated.

 

The Community is always here if something else comes up.

 

Cheers 🙂

YordanModerator
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