In my init file, I have C-) bound to a smartparens "slurp" command. This works great on linux, but when I try to use the same keybinding on my Windows machine, nothing happens.

To troubleshoot on my Windows machine, I've tried C-h c followed by C-)—emacs doesn't register that any keys have been hit.

I've tried a couple of similar key sequences: M-) and C-0 both register fine.

Any idea why C-) doesn't register, and any idea how to fix it?

  • First, does it happen with no init file (emacs -Q)? Second, does windows use C-) for something else, which prevents it from reaching emacs?
    – Dan
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 0:21
  • Are you using the GUI version of emacs?
    – user12563
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 0:34
  • @Dan, it happens with no init file. I looked at a page of windows shortcuts here, and C-) isn't on the list.
    – achalk
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 1:00
  • @DoMiNeLa10, yes I'm using the GUI version.
    – achalk
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 1:01
  • Please show your code that binds the key sequence. Provide a step-by-step recipe that starts from emacs -Q (no init file).
    – Drew
    Commented Jan 28, 2017 at 1:33

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I found a solution—the following works for me:
Control Panel >
Language >
Advanced Settings >
Change language bar hot keys >
Ensure Between input languages is highlighted >
Change Key Sequence... >
Change Switch Keyboard Layout from Ctrl + Shift to Not Assigned.

A similar process is outlined here.

  • 2
    I had this issue even though I had done these steps in the past. Something must have gotten messed up in Windows because I had to add the key binding back and then remove it to get C-) working again. Oddly C-( worked, but C-) didn't.
    – Tanj
    Commented Apr 20, 2021 at 17:58
  • @Tanj have the same issue here...
    – shelper
    Commented Nov 13, 2021 at 15:16

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