Time and Language Show Language Bar on Desktop or Taskbar in Windows 11


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In Windows, you can change your keyboard layout to type in another language or input method you want to use..

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 (ä) in German and the tilde (ñ) in Spanish.

When you add a language, the default keyboard layout for the language will be installed by default.

You can install additional keyboards for language-specific key layouts and input options. Adding an input language lets you set a language-preference order for websites and apps, as well as change your keyboard language.

When you have more than one language and/or keyboard layout installed, you can change your keyboard layout via the Language Bar or press the Win + Spacebar keys to cycle through all your installed keyboards.

This tutorial will show you how to use the desktop language bar on taskbar language bar for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Show Language Bar on Desktop or Taskbar in Settings
  • Option Two: Show Language Bar on Desktop or Taskbar in PowerShell


EXAMPLE: Desktop or taskbar language bar

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Option One

Show Language Bar on Desktop or Taskbar in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

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

Open Typing settings

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3 Click/tap on Advanced keyboard settings (see screenshot below)

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4 Check (desktop) or uncheck (taskbar - default) Use the desktop language bar when it's available for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Show Language Bar on Desktop or Taskbar in PowerShell


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)


 Use desktop language bar

This will check Use the desktop language bar when it's available and uncheck Let me use a different input method for each app window.


Set-WinLanguageBarOption -UseLegacyLanguageBar

OR

This will check both Use the desktop language bar when it's available and Let me use a different input method for each app window.


Set-WinLanguageBarOption -UseLegacyLanguageBar -UseLegacySwitchMode



 Use taskbar language bar

This is the default setting.

This will uncheck both Let me use a different input method for each app window and Use the desktop language bar when it's available.


Set-WinLanguageBarOption

OR

This will uncheck Use the desktop language bar when it's available, and check Let me use a different input method for each app window.


Set-WinLanguageBarOption -UseLegacySwitchMode


3 You can now close Windows Terminal if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hello Shawn,
Any ideas how to use PowerShell or a registry key to check "Use the desktop language bar when it's available" when it is unchecked? We would like to turn that on across our organization.
Thanks,
 

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Hello Shawn,
Any ideas how to use PowerShell or a registry key to check "Use the desktop language bar when it's available" when it is unchecked? We would like to turn that on across our organization.
Thanks,

Hello, :-)

You could use either PowerShell command below from step 2 in option 2 to check "Use the desktop language bar when it's available".

Set-WinLanguageBarOption -UseLegacyLanguageBar

Set-WinLanguageBarOption -UseLegacyLanguageBar -UseLegacySwitchMode
 

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