This post shows students and new users steps to disable or enable website access to the language list in Windows 11. Some websites may have their content available in many different languages to cater to users from different parts of the world.
When access to the language list is enabled in Windows 11, Windows will share your preferred language list with websites so that they can provide content based on your language preferences without you having to set them for each site independently.
While this might improve user experience and smooth web browsing, it may also create privacy issues in some ways. The good thing is Windows can turn it off with simple clicks, and the steps below show you how to do that.
In many cases, this feature may be harmless concerning user privacy. However, highly privacy-conscious individuals may find issues with having Windows sharing information about their language preferences with websites online.
How to disable website access to language list in Windows 11
As mentioned above, Windows share information about your language preferences with websites with content available in many languages. This feature is available, so you don’t have to configure language preferences for each site.
If this is a privacy issue, Windows lets you quickly turn it off with simple clicks. For example, to turn off website access to the language list in Windows 11, follow the steps below.
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 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:
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. For example, click Privacy & Security in Windows Settings, then on the right pane, and select the General tile to expand it.
On the General settings pane, select the tile that reads “Let websites show me locally relevant content by accessing my language list” tile, then toggle the button to the Off position to disable.
You can now exit the Settings app.
How to enable website access to language list in Windows 11
By default, access to your preferred language list is enabled in Windows 11 so websites can provide you with relevant content.
However, if the feature was previously disabled and you want to re-enable it, reverse the steps above by going to the go-to Start > Settings > Privacy & security > General and Choosing your preferred setting for Let websites to show me locally relevant content by accessing my language list.
That should do it!
This post showed you how to enable or disable website access to the language list in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.