Time and Language Remove Language in Windows 11


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In Windows 11, you can add languages to install with optional language features and preferences such as:
  • Language pack = Contains the latest Windows translations. Installing the language pack adds the language to your list of Windows display languages.
  • Windows Display Language = Windows features like Settings and File Explorer will appear in this language. Requires language pack to be installed.
  • Text-to-speech = Narrates what's on your screen.
  • Speech recognition = Enables you to talk instead of type and requires text-to-speech to be installed.
  • Handwriting = Recognizes when you write on your device.
  • Keyboard = The default keyboard for the language will be enabled.
  • Basic typing = Provides the available spellcheckers and dictionaries.
  • Optical character recognition = Extracts text from images so you can interact with it.
See also:

This tutorial will show you how to completely remove a language and all of its optional language features for your account in Windows 11.


Contents





Option One

Remove Language in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Time & language on the left side, and click/tap on Language & region on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Under Preferred languages, click/tap on the Options (3 dots) button for the language (ex: "English (United Kingdom") you want to uninstall, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

You will not be able Remove a language if it is currently set as your Windows display language.


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4 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Remove Language in PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the Get-WinUserLanguageList command into PowerShell, and press Enter to see a list of all languages currently installed for your account. (see screenshot below below step 3)

3 Make note of the LanguageTag (ex: "en-GB") for the language (ex: "English (United Kingdom") you want to uninstall. (see screenshot below)

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4 Copy and paste the $LangList = Get-WinUserLanguageList command into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

5 Type the $MarkedLang = $LangList | where LanguageTag -eq "LanguageTag" command into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Substitute LanguageTag in the command above with the actual LanguageTag (ex: "en-GB") for the language you want from step 3.

For example: $MarkedLang = $LangList | where LanguageTag -eq "en-GB"


6 Copy and paste the $LangList.Remove($MarkedLang) command into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

7 Copy and paste the Set-WinUserLanguageList $LangList -Force command into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

8 You can now close Windows Terminal if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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