If you are bilingual or just learning a new language, it’s a good idea to have multiple languages installed on Windows 10. This way you can swap between them and type in each language. Here we are going to show you how to install a new language pack and how you can easily change the input languages in Windows 10 without having to click on anything.
Note: This article is about the language you type on the keyboard, not the system language displayed in Windows 10. Follow the instructions here to change the system language.
How to install a new language
First, you will need to install a new language pack. These are datasets that allow Windows 10 to know how to type and display the language.
By default, your computer does not come with all language packs installed to save space. No need to install all the languages of the world if the user only wants one!
To install the desired language, click the Start button, then click the Settings cog on the left.
Click on “Time and language”.
Click on “Language” on the left.
Under “Preferred languages”, click “Add a preferred language”.
Type the name of the language you want to type. You can see that several entries appear depending on the language you select; for example, if you type “Spanish”, you will find all the different regions that speak it.
Note also the icons next to each language. In order, they mean: can be used as the operating system language, support text-to-speech, support voice activation, and can recognize handwriting.
Once you’ve selected a language and clicked “Next,” Windows 10 will ask you what data you want to download. Make sure “Install the language pack” is clicked as minimum, then click “Install” to have Windows 10 download the language pack for you.
You can see the download bar on the main page of the language bar.
How to change input languages in Windows 10
Once done, you should see a small addition to your taskbar. A button will appear as the language you are currently using. For example, if you are using an English layout, you should see “ENG” appear to the right of your taskbar.
Quickly exchange with the mouse
If you want to switch between the input languages with your mouse, click on the new button that appeared on your taskbar. You should see all the languages you have downloaded appear. Select one and your keyboard will switch to that input, regardless of the region of the keyboard you plugged in.
Quickly exchange using shortcut keys
However, there is an even faster way to switch between languages, which is very useful when typing bilingual coins.
Hold the button To win touch, then press the space bar. When you do, the language bar will appear on the screen without you having to click on it. Keep it To win key pressed for now.
If it’s not in the language you want to use, press the space bar further to switch between options. When you have selected the correct one, let go of the To win to activate it. You can also press a number key while the menu is at the top to immediately select that entry from the list.
It’s a bit difficult to understand, but after a while, you can quickly switch between languages by simply pressing a few buttons.
Take it to the next level with the Windows 10 language bar
If you work in multiple languages, it’s worth configuring the Windows 10 language bar to suit each. In this way, you can easily switch between all the input languages that you use in Windows, even if you use an English keyboard.
You can also follow this guide to type special characters, emojis, and accents in Windows 10 or install new fonts to match the newly installed language.
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