How to change language in Windows 10

How to change language in Windows 10

This article will teach you how to change language in Windows 10.

Do you have an incorrectly selected language on your Windows 10 computer and don’t know how to change it?

In this guide, we’ll give you the necessary steps to help you adjust the display language of your system without reinstalling Windows.

As a user, you will get the option of choosing the default language right when you are setting up your PC.

However, if you had mistakenly selected an incorrect Windows 10 display language earlier, you can always switch to your preferred language pack by making minor changes in the system language setting.

Table of Contents

  1. How to change language in Windows 10
    1. Turn off language preferences to disable syncing
    2. Changing the display language in Windows 10
  2. Wrap Up

How to change language in Windows 10

Next, you have the steps you will need to go through in order to change the default language in Windows 10.

Turn off language preferences to disable syncing

If your Windows 10 PC is using a Microsoft account, any change in language preference will sync across other devices using that account.

So, if you want to change the display language on only one PC, you can disable syncing before setting up a new language on your computer.

This will enable you to change the display language on your current device without affecting other devices.

Here’s how you can disable syncing the language preferences on Windows 10 devices:

  • Press the Windows key and open system “Settings”;
How to change language in Windows 10

  • In the settings window, select “Accounts”;

  • Switch to the “Sync your settings” tab and turn off the language preferences slider button.

Changing the display language in Windows 10

Once you have disabled the sync option on your computer, you can install your display language pack using these steps:

  • Close all the running apps on your computer;
  • Click on the Start Menu and open “Settings”;
How to change language in Windows 10

  • Tap on the “Time & Language” option in Settings;

  • Switch to the “Language tab” and click on the “Add a language” sign on the right side of the window;

  • Search your preferred language pack using the search bar and select it;

  • Tap on the “Next” button at the bottom of the window to install language features;

  • Check the “Install language pack” and “Set as my Windows display language” options under the “Optional language features” section;

  • You can also check the additional features like “Handwriting”, “Speech recognition”, and “Text-to-speech” if needed.

Note: Some features may not be available for all the languages. Also, you can download multiple language packs and switch between them in the “Window display language settings” when needed.

  • Finally, click on the “Install” button to download the display language pack;

  • A prompt will appear on the screen asking you to sign out to apply the new language pack to the entire system. Click on the “Yes, sign out now” option;

  • Next, sign back into your Microsoft account to use your computer in the new display language.

Once you sign back into your account, you may get a Windows 10 prompt asking to review your privacy settings.

Changing regional settings in Windows 10

You may want to adjust the default Windows display language according to your region.

For this, you will also need to revise the default region settings along with the system language settings, which you had done earlier.

Also, if the above process didn’t change the language of your new user account, it’s recommended to follow these steps to apply the previous settings to the overall system.

Follow these steps to change the default region settings in Windows 10:

  • Click on the Start Button and tap on the “Settings” app;
  • Go to the “Time & Language” option under Settings;
  • Click on the “Region” tab on the left pane of the window;
  • Tap on the “Country or region” option and select your current location from the menu;

  • Change your current format for date and time according to your new region in the “Regional format Section”;

  • Switch to the “Language tab” on the left pane and tap on the “Administrative language settings” option on the extreme right side of the screen. You will find it below the “Related settings” section;

  • Click on the “Change system locale” button in the administrative tab;

  • Next, choose the new system locale from the drop-down menu and click “Ok”;

  • Now, tap “Cancel” to close the window;
  • Revisit the “Administrative” tab in the Region window and click on the “Copy settings” button;

  • In the new window, check both the options under the “Copy your current settings to” section:
    • Check the Welcome screen and system accounts;
    • Check the New user accounts;
  • Tap on the “Ok” button to save the changes;

  • Again, click “Ok” to close the region settings;

  • Finally, restart your computer to apply the chosen system language on the welcome screen and new user accounts.

Wrap Up

Usually, Windows users never feel the need of changing or adding additional languages to their system.

However, there are occasions when changing display language becomes inevitable for any particular reason.

For example, when you are relocated to a different region and need to adjust to the local settings or when you are working with people who prefer a different language.

Whatever the reason might be, you can always change the Windows display language using the above steps.

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