Windows 10 allow users to change the default display Language for a user account and the whole system also. You can have multiple users on a single PC working in different languages. And if you like you can change the settings system-wide also.
The feature is useful when it comes to personalization and local language availability. There are plenty of languages available to download and use on your computer. All this is free but requires an internet connection to download the packs.
In this tutorial we will discuss adding a new Language Pack, set it as default for a user, system wide, a tip and finally removing unused ones.
Before we start, log-in to your PC as an administrator to have permissions for making changes.
Install a new Language Pack
1. Open Settings by pressing Windows key + I shortcut and select Time & language icon. Another way is to click or tap on Start and select Settings (gear icon) and then select Time & language.
2. Select Region & language from the left pane. Now you will see Country or Region and Languages setting option in the right pane. See the screenshot below.
3. Click or tap on + Add a language button to download and install a new one of your choice. Here you can also type to search or simply scroll and select one from the list. These are listed in alphabetical order depending on your current system language.
You can install and use any of these on your computer. Just click or tap on it and it will start downloading.
4. After you choose one, it will appear in the Region & language section but it’s not finished installing. As you can see in the screenshot below the system says it’s available but not installed. To view the download progress click on it and select Options (the middle button).
5. Click or tap on Download button to install the new language pack. Here you can also add and change the keyboard layout.
This part is over now. Let’s move to the next one. But don’t close the settings, we will continue with it.
Change the Display Language in Windows 10
To change the display language of your Windows 10 account follow these quick steps. Here you would notice that I say “of your Windows 10 account” not the computer or system because the change you make here will affect your account only. Wait we will do that also but first follow this.
Select a language and you will see three buttons – Set as default, Options, and Remove. Click or tap on set as default the very first option.
As you click it, a notification will appear below saying “Will be display language after next sign-in.” which means you have to logout and login again or restart your system. Next time when you Sign-in to your PC the new language will be the default.
If you want to change it for another account, log in with that account and then follow the steps. This time, there is no need to download anything as it is already there.
Change the default language of Windows 10 System
Even after following the steps above you will notice that the Windows welcome screen and new user accounts use Windows 10 install language. It will show effect only when you sign-in to your Windows 1o account. But the global language of your Windows 10 PC is still the old one. So how to change that also.
If you have successfully changed your account language then it will not take more than a minute. Follow the easy steps below.
There are two requirements for this –
- Your system must have an additional language pack installed beside the Windows install one.
- One of your user accounts will be using that as a default language.
As I said earlier, if you have completed steps above then forget these points.
Open Control Panel by pressing Windows Key + X and selecting control panel from the power user menu. Or simply right click on the start and the same menu will appear to you.
In Control Panel search for Region and click or tap on it. See the screenshot below.
A new Windows will pop-out. Select the Administrative tab and then click or tap on Copy settings.
A new Window will appear, Check the Welcome screen and system accounts and the New user accounts options under copy your current settings to:
These options copy the current user language settings to the whole system. For all users and Welcome screen, shutdown screen and other events.
Finally, click OK to apply the changes.
A restart is required to make changes show effect.
From now your new language will be default throughout your Windows 10 system irrespective of user or event.
Warning: Doing this without informing other users on your computer can lead to trouble for them. So try not to make changes global, instead change for your user account only.
Just think you open your PC and see a new language on Welcome screen, how will you feel? Share with us in comments.
Tip: Switching between languages
If you have installed more than one language on your PC as I have done on mine. Then you can switch between them without doing this all with a quick keyboard shortcut. Yes, it’s possible but re-login is required still.
For doing so, simply press Windows key + Spacebar on your keyboard. A notification will appear on the right side of the screen. Keep pressing till your desired language is selected. When done, leave keys.
Press Windows Key + L to log-out and log-in again. And you are done. Enjoy.
Remove a language
Removing or deleting a language pack is quick and simple. But make sure, you will not be able to delete a pack set as default. For this switch to another pack first and then delete that.
Open Settings by pressing Windows Key + I shortcut on your keyboard. In Settings click or tap on Region & language in the left pane.
Select a language pack under Languages in the right pane. For this tutorial, I have selected Hindi pack. Three buttons will appear below the pack – Set as default, Options, and Remove.
Click or tap on Remove to delete the language pack. It will not take more than a second to complete. Once done you will get a notification in Action Center.
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