How to Display or Hide Language Bar in Windows 11

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The article outlines how to display or hide the Language Bar in Windows 11 when multiple languages and keyboard layouts are installed. This bar appears by default and allows users to switch between languages and keyboard layouts easily. The instructions detail how to navigate settings for different display options, including a floating language bar or…

This article describes steps to display or hide the Language Bar in Windows 11 when multiple languages and keyboard layouts are available.

Windows allows you to install a preferred language for features like Settings and File Explorer. A default keyboard layout for the language will also be installed with your preferred language.

Windows will add a language bar on the right of the taskbar and the sign-in screen by default when you have more than one language and keyboard layout installed.

Users can then easily switch between languages and keyboard layouts using the language bar.

Below is how to add or remove the language bar in Windows 11.

How to add or remove language bar in Windows 11

As described above, when you have more than one language and keyboard layout installed, Windows will add a language bar on the right of the taskbar and the sign-in screen by default.

Below is how to display or hide the language bar in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done, from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start menu ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 new settings button
Windows 11 new settings button

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. Within the Windows Settings app, click Time & language on the left.

windows 11 time and language icon
Windows 11 time and language icon

On the right, select the Typing tile to expand.

windows 11 time and language typing tile
Windows 11 time and language typing tile

Select the Advanced keyboard tile to expand on the System -> Time & language -> Typing settings pane.

windows 11 typing advanced keyboard settings tile updated
windows 11 typing advanced keyboard settings tile updated

On the Time & language -> Typing -> Advanced keyboard settings pane, under Switching input methods, check the box next to “Use the desktop language bar when it’s available.”

Then click the Language bar options link below it.

windows 11 time and language typing advanced keyboard settings language bar options
Windows 11 time and language typing advanced keyboard settings language bar options

On the Text Services and Input Languages pop-up window, under Language Bar, choose the display option:

  • Floating On Desktop – displays a floating language bar.
  • Hidden – removes the language bar.
windows 11 time and language typing language bar option
Windows 11 time and language typing language bar option

When you choose Floating On Desktop, the language bar will show when you have installed multiple languages and keyboard layouts.

You can use the bar to switch between languages as needed quickly.

When you select Hidden, the language bar will be hidden.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to add or remove a language bar when multiple languages and keyboard layouts are installed in Windows 11.

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