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In Windows, you can configure your keyboard to use a different keyboard layout or input method to type in another language.

The language of your keyboard layout controls the characters that appear on your screen when you type. By using the different layouts, you can type all the characters for the language, including diacritics such as the umlaut () in German and the tilde () in Spanish.

If you have more than one added keyboard layout, you will be able to change your keyboard layout.

The modern Input Indicator automatically shows as a system icon on the taskbar notification area when you add an additional language or keyboard layout, and allows you to quickly switch keyboard layouts or input methods without having to go through Settings.

If you like, you could turn on the classic language bar, and have it floating on the desktop or docked in the taskbar. The language bar also allows you to quickly switch keyboard layouts or input methods without having to go through Settings.

If you only have one language or keyboard layout, the Input Indicator and Language Bar will not show even if turned on.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Language Bar and Input Indicator for your account in Windows 10.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Turn On or Off Input Indicator in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Language Bar in Settings
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Language Bar in Control Panel
  • Option Four: Change Language Bar to be on Desktop, on Taskbar, or Hidden from "Text Services and Input Languages"
  • Option Five: Change Language Bar to be on Desktop, on Taskbar, or Hidden using a REG file
  • Option Six: Change Language Bar to Floating on Desktop from Docked in the Taskbar
  • Option Seven: Change Language Bar to Docked in the Taskbar from Floating on Desktop

EXAMPLE: Input Indicator and Language Bar
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Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10
Turn On or Off Input Indicator in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

2. Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and click/tap on the Turn system icons on or off link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Turn On (default) or Off Input Indicator for what you want. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you turn on Input Indicator and do not see it on your taskbar, then go to Settings > Time & Language > Region & language to refresh it and show.
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4. You can now close Settings if you like.






Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10
Turn On or Off Language Bar in Settings

Note   Note
This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17083.

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

2. Click/tap on Typing on the left side, and click/tap on the Advanced keyboard settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Use the desktop language bar when it's available for what you want. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you check Use the desktop language bar when it's available, it will automatically turn off Input Indicator if already turned on from Option One.

If you uncheck Use the desktop language bar when it's available, it will automatically turn on Input Indicator if already turned on from Option One.
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4. You can now close Settings if you like.






Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10
Turn On or Off Language Bar in Control Panel

Note   Note
This option is no longer available starting with Windows 10 build 17063.

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Language icon.

2. Click/tap on the Advanced settings link on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Under Switching input methods, check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Use the desktop language bar when it's available for what you want, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you check Use the desktop language bar when it's available, it will automatically turn off Input Indicator if already turned on from Option One.

If you uncheck Use the desktop language bar when it's available, it will automatically turn on Input Indicator if already turned on from Option One.
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4. You can now close the Control Panel if you like.






Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10
Change Language Bar to be on Desktop, on Taskbar, or Hidden from "Text Services and Input Languages"

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.
Note   Note
If you like, you can open Run (Win+R), copy and paste the command below into Run, and click/tap on OK to directly open Text Services and Input Languages at step 4 below.

rundll32.exe Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL input.dll,,{C07337D3-DB2C-4D0B-9A93-B722A6C106E2}

2. Click/tap on Typing on the left side, and click/tap on the Advanced keyboard settings link on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
This step is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17083.
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3. Click/tap on the Language bar options link. (see screenshot below)

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4. Select (dot) the Floating on Desktop, Docked in the taskbar (default), or Hidden Language Bar you want, and click/tap on OK.
Note   Note
Floating on Desktop will only show when Use the desktop language bar when it's available is checked from Option Two or Option Three above.

Docked in the taskbar will only show when Use the desktop language bar when it's available is checked from Option Two or Option Three above.

Hidden will override Option Two above, and prevent the language bar from showing.
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Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10
Change Language Bar to be on Desktop, on Taskbar, or Hidden using a REG file

Note   Note
The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\CTF\LangBar

ShowStatus DWORD

0 = Floating on desktop
4 = Docked in the taskbar
3 = Hidden

1. Do step 2 (desktop), step 3 (taskbar), or step 4 (hidden) below for which language bar you want.


 2. Language Bar Floating On Desktop

Note   Note
Floating on Desktop will only show when Use the desktop language bar when it's available is checked from Option Two or Option Three above.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Language_Bar_floating_on_desktop.reg

download


 3. Language Bar Docked in the Taskbar

Note   Note
This is the default setting.

Docked in the taskbar will only show when Use the desktop language bar when it's available is checked from Option Two or Option Three above.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Language_Bar_docked_in_the_taskbar.reg

download


 4. Language Bar Hidden

Note   Note
Hidden will override Option Two and Option Three above, and prevent the language bar from showing.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Language_Bar_hidden.reg

download

5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8. Sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

9. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10
Change Language Bar to Floating on Desktop from Docked in the Taskbar

1. Perform either action below from the language bar docked in the taskbar.

A) Click/tap on the language bar icon on the taskbar notification area, and click/tap on Show the Language bar. (see screenshot below)

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OR

B) Right click or press and hold on the language bar icon on the taskbar notification area, and click/tap on Restore the Language bar. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10 OPTION SEVEN Turn On or Off Language Bar and Input Indicator in Windows 10
Change Language Bar to Docked in the Taskbar from Floating on Desktop

1. Click/tap on the Minimize button on the language bar floating on the desktop. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn