Manage the input and display language settings in Windows 10

To manage all aspects of the input and display language settings on your Windows 10 device, use the following methods.

To switch the keyboard layout you're using in Windows 10, press and hold the Windows key  and then repeatedly press the Spacebar to cycle through all your installed keyboards. (If this doesn't do anything, it means you have only one installed.)

You can also select the language abbreviation on the far right of the taskbar and then choose the language or input method you want to use.

Note: In the input field, press Windows +period (.) to access the emoji keyboard, if your language supports this.

If you can't find the keyboard layout you want, you may have to add a new keyboard.

Adding an input language lets you set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings Time & Language > Language.

  2. Under Preferred languages, select the language that contains the keyboard you want, and then select Options.

  3. Select Add a keyboard and choose the keyboard you want to add. If you don't see the keyboard you want, you may have to add a new language to get additional options. If this is the case, go on to step 4.

  4. Return to the Language settings page, and select Add a language.

  5. Choose the language you want to use from the list, and then select Next.

  6. Review any language features you want to set up or install, and select Install.

"Add a keyboard" shortcut

The display language you select changes the default language used by Windows features like Settings and File Explorer.

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings Time & Language > Language.

  2. Choose a language from the Windows display language menu.

"Change your display language" shortcut

If a language is listed under Preferred languages but doesn't appear on the Windows display language list, you'll first need to install its language pack (if it's available).

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings Time & Language > Language.

  2. Choose a language from the Add a language list under Preferred languages, and then select Options.

  3. Select Download from the Download language pack option.

  4. After the language pack is installed, select Back .

  5. Choose a language from the Windows display language menu.

"Install a language pack" shortcut

If you receive an "Only one language pack allowed" or "Your Windows license supports only one display language" message, you have a single language edition of Windows 10. Here's how to check your Windows 10  language edition:

  1. Select the Start  button, select Settings > About, and then scroll down to the Windows specification section.

  2. If you see Windows 10 Home Single Language next to Edition, you have a single language edition of Window 10, and you can't add a new language unless you purchase an upgrade to either Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings > Time & Language > Language.

  2. Under Preferred languages, select the language you want to remove, and then click Remove.

  3. To remove an individual keyboard, select the language in question (see step 2), select Options, scroll down to the Keyboards section, select the keyboard you want to remove, and click Remove.

 

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