Use an English keyboard, if you can, or otherwise you’ll need to specifically make sure that keyboard shortcuts work properly.
Mastering IntelliJ IDEA Keyboard Shortcuts
Andrey Cheptsov

This appears to be the root cause for so many of IntelliJ’s keyboard shortcut problems. A software vendor should not expect users to switch keyboards — not even for a good IDE like IntelliJ.

For years every single IntelliJ user I met has reacted with eyes rolling when we started talking about the keyboard shortcuts. It annoys people enough to devote entire blog posts to it e.g. yours truly at

Supporting national keyboard layouts is so fundamental for a piece of software with global reach that it’s really irritating that was only created last year. Companion issues have existed for ages, though ( for example is from 2011).

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