How to change language settings in Windows 11

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  • Modifying settings on your Windows 11 device is quite a simple task. For example, you can easily change the language.
  • There are two types of language settings you can change in Windows 11, including the display language and the keyboard language.
  • Note that you can select or install a new language by using Windows 11 without any problems.
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Microsft has designed the new Windows 11 OS to offer an easy-to-use and good-looking interface that will not only work efficiently but provide quick access to all of its settings.

This is exactly what Windows 10 was missing, the fast access to the most basic settings, without having to go through multiple menus to modify them.

In this age, when everything happens so fast, and the main goal is to complete all our tasks as fast as possible, this comes as a breath of fresh air.

What kind of language settings can I change in Windows 11?

Windows 11, like other OSs before it, have two main settings categories when it comes to the language used on your PC.

➡ System (display) language

The system language, also known as the display language option allows you to customize the language in which your operating system is presented to you. This includes the language displayed when observing any native menu, app, and option.

Setting the system’s language usually happens when installing the operating system, but this doesn’t apply if you simply chose the wrong one in the installation process, or you bought a PC from another country that already has Windows 11 installed.

➡ Keyboard language

The keyboard language, as the name suggests, is the language in which you will use your keyboard to write texts. This is a more localized option, thus enabling you to have your system’s language in your native choice while writing texts in another language.

Switching between different keyboard languages is very easy, and we will tackle this element in this guide as well.

How can I change the system/display language?

1. Using an already installed language pack

  1. Right-click the Windows logo on your taskbar, and choose Settings.
  2. Click on Time & language.
  3. Choose Language & region from the list of options.
  4. Under the Windows display language section, click on the dropdown and choose the new display language.

2. While downloading a new language pack

  1. Click the Windows icon from the taskbar.
  2. Choose the gear Settings icon.
  3. Click on Time & Language from the sidebar.
  4. Choose the Language & region option.
  5. Click the Add a language button.
  6. Search for your preffered language, select it from the list, and press Next.
  7. Choose any options from the Optional features section.
  8. Tick the box next to the Set as my Windows display language.
  9. Click Install.

How can I change the keyboard language?

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For these options to be available, you will need to have the language pack already installed on your PC.
If you don’t, simply follow the steps presented in the solution above and add the language you need first.

1. Use the taskbar

  1. Click on the language button, situated on the bottom right of the taskbar.
  2. Select what language you want to switch your keyboard to.

2. Using a keyboard shortcut

  1. Press the Windows + Space once to activate the taskbar Keyboard layout.
  2. While holding the Windows key pressed, tap space to choose the next available language.

Why is the Language Switcher missing from my taskbar?

There might be situations in which the language bar (switcher) is nowhere to be found in your Windows 11 taskbar, and this implies that it has been deactivated.

To enable it again, simply follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows icon on the taskbar.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click on Time & language.
  4. Choose Typing.
  5. Select Advanced keyboard settings.
  6. Untick the box next to the Use this desktop language bar when available.
  7. Your Language Switcher should not appear in the taskbar.

As you can see, Windows 11 language customization is not a complicated process at all, and you can access the settings either by using your keyboard or your mouse.

Also, make sure you inform yourself regarding the Windows 11 system requirements to be able to run it when it officially becomes available.

Have you had the chance to try it out? If so, share your thoughts on your experience so far, in the comments section below.

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