Manage input and display language settings in Windows 10

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Use the following methods to manage all aspects of the display and input language settings on your Windows 10 device.

Change the keyboard layout

You can switch the keyboard layout used in Windows 10 by holding down the Windows key
and pressing the spacebar to cycle through each installed keyboard. (If that doesn’t work, you only have one keyboard installed.)

You can also select a language abbreviation on the right side of the taskbar, and then select the appropriate language or input method.

Note:  Press the Windows key in the input field+ period (.) to access the emoji keyboard if supported under the set language.

If you can’t find the keyboard layout you want, you might need to add a new keyboard.

Adding a keyboard

After adding an input language, you can set the order of language preferences for websites and applications, and you can change the keyboard language.

  1. Select the Start button and then Settings >  Time and language  >  Language .
  2. In the Preferred languages area , select the language that contains the expected keyboard, and then select the Options item .
  3. Select Add Keyboard and select the keyboard you want to add. If you don’t see the keyboard you want, you might need to add a new language for additional options. In this case, go to step 4.
  4. Return to the Language Settings page and select Add a Language .
  5. Select the appropriate language from the list and  Next .
  6. Review the language options you want to set or install, and then select Install .

Change the display language

The selected display language changes the default language used by Windows features such as Settings and File Explorer.

  1. Select the Start button and then Settings >  Time and language  >  Language .
  2. Choose a language from the Windows Display Language menu .

Installing a language pack

If a language appears under Preferred Languages but does not appear in the Windows display languages ​​list, you must first install its language pack (if available).

  1. Select the Start button and then Settings >  Time and language  >  Language .
  2. Select a language from the Add a language list under Preferred languages , and then select Options .
  3. Select Download under Download a language pack.
  4. After installing the language pack, select Back.
  5. Choose a language from the Windows Display Language menu .

Monolingual version of Windows 10

If you see the message „Only one language pack allowed” or „Your Windows license only supports one display language”, you have one language version of Windows 10. Here’s how you can check your Windows 10 language version:

  1. Select the Start buttonand then Settings About and scroll to the Windows Specs section .
  2. If you see Windows 10 Home Single Language next to Version , you have a single language version of Windows 10 and cannot add a new language unless you purchase an upgrade to Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.

Removal of additional language packs or keyboard languages

  1. Select the Start button  , then select Settings > Time & Language >.
  2. Under Preferred Languages, select the language to be removed and click Remove .
  3. To remove a single keyboard, select the appropriate language (see step 2), select Options , scroll down to the Keyboards section , select the keyboard to remove and click Delete .