I use both, a German and a UK keyboard layout. When I use the German layout the Y and Z Keys appear swapped in the 3D View and behave like in the UK layout. Inside text entry fields however the layouts behave as expected.

I use 2.78c on Ubuntu 17.10

Is this a bug, or a feature to ensure shortcut consistency? I find it quite confusing, that I have to mentally swap the Y and Z axes with the German layout.

  • $\begingroup$ Sounds like either a bug, an overlook, or an imcompatibility. See blender.stackexchange.com/questions/78085/… $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 23:26
  • $\begingroup$ The Shift + Alt thing should be only on windows. Well, it could be an issue with wayland... $\endgroup$
    – meschi
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 1:38
  • $\begingroup$ I too have this problem, since the blender 2.8 beta release. Have you found any solutions jet? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 22, 2019 at 15:27
  • $\begingroup$ I started experiencing Z and Y axes swapped when moving vertices. The weird thing is that when I press G, Y, the green Y axis appears, positioned like a Z axis. Anyone can help? :( $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 15:12

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I had this same problem! originally I thought it had something to do with me pressing Ctrl+I or something like that, but I later realized I had changed the keyboard from English to German. Once I switched it back everything was fine again.


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