How to Display or Hide Language Bar in Windows 11

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This article describes steps one can take 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 Windows features like Settings and File Explorer. With your preferred language, a default keyboard layout for the language will be installed as well.

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.

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

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. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done 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

On the System -> Time & language -> Typing settings pane, select the Advanced keyboard settings tile to expand.

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 multiple languages and keyboard layouts installed.

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

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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