Time and Language Remove Language in Windows 11


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

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.
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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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