How to Use the Windows 10 Language Bar to Your Advantage

Dave LeClair 13-04-2016

If you use alternate languages in Windows 10 How to Change the Default Language & Region in Windows 10 Are you looking for ways to change your default language and region in Windows 10? Here we take you through a step-by-step guide to install new languages and change between existing languages. Read More , then you may have encountered the language bar. It’s a convenient little thing that appears on the screen and allows you to quickly change your language or keyboard layout A History of Keyboard Layouts, Is QWERTY Lagging Behind? QWERTY is over 100 years old. It's outdated and outclassed by several alternatives, yet it's still the most popular keyboard layout in the world. How did we get here? Read More without having to dig into the Control Panel every time.


When you add another language or layout, the bar should appear automatically. If for some reason it doesn’t, we’re here to show you how to turn it on (and if for some reason you don’t like the Language Bar, you can use these same instructions to get rid of it).

First, open the Control Panel. Next, click Clock, Language & Region, then Language, and then click Advanced Settings on the left of the screen.


On this menu, scroll to the option labeled Use the desktop language bar when it’s available and enable the check box next to it (or, if you want to turn the language bar off, uncheck it). Click Save, and you’re all set.

Knowing how to make the most of the language bar can make a big difference in how easy it is to switch between languages, and if you had it off, you’d be wasting a lot of time switching back and forth.


Do you use multiple keyboard layouts? How many? Let us know in the comments!

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Related topics: Accessibility, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Ignacio
    April 14, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I've never used an alternate keyboard, even though I frequently write both in English and Spanish many times a day. I'm lucky in that the standard physical keyboard fo Spanish setup includes more keys than the one for English, because if I try to use a keyboard the other way around, many characters that are used in Spanish do not have a corresponding physical key, for example the letter ñ, and even tough you can change your keyboard via the system setup (via software) many keys change the position that they have in the physical keyboard and you end up wasting a lot of time by searching "hunt and peck" for the right key.