How to Install a Language in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to install a language in Windows 11. When you are installing Windows, you are given an option to select your preferred language. When you do, Windows uses your preferred language for Windows features like Settings and File Explorer.

After installing Windows on your device, you can also install additional language packs to add to your list of Windows display languages. Language packs can include features to support text-to-speech, speech recognition, handwriting, keyboard, optical character recognition and more.

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). The steps below show you how to install a language in Windows 11.

How to add language to Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows uses your preferred language for Windows features like Settings and File Explorer. 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).

Below is how to add a language to Windows 11

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

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

windows 11 start settings

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. In Windows Settings, click Time & language, then on the right pane, and select the Language & region tile to expand it.

windows 11 display language change

On the Language & region settings pane, under Language, select the Preferred languages tile, and click the Add a language button as highlighted below.

windows 11 add a language button

Next, choose a language to install from the list of available languages, and click Next to continue.

windows 11 choose a language to install

Next, select optional language features and/or preferences you want to install with your preferred language and click the Install button.

windows 11 install language features

Wait for your preferred language and optional features to be downloaded and install for your account profile.

windows 11 please wait for lanaguage to be installed

That should do it! You have successfully installed a preferred language in Windows 11. Under the Preferred languages tile, you’ll see all the installed languages available to be used with your account.

On the Taskbar, you should be able to switch between your preferred language to use in Windows.

switch between preferred languages

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to install a language in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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