Turn Off Language Bar or Input Taskbar Indicator in Windows 11/10 - Windows Basics


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Turn Off Language Bar or Input Taskbar Indicator in Windows 11/10

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

When you select more than one language as the input language, the Language bar will be displayed either on the taskbar or desktop in Windows. If you wish to turn on or turn off the Input Indicator or Language Bar in Windows 11/10, then this post will show you how to do it. The post has been edited to mention the procedure for Windows 11/10 in the first half and then talks about Windows 8.1 in the latter half.

In this tutorial, we will help you remove the language switcher icon or language bar icon from the taskbar in Windows 11. Language switcher in Windows 11 helps to quickly change the input language or keyboard layout. You can either use Win+Space hotkey or click on its system tray icon to open the language switcher interface and then select a keyboard layout from the available layouts. If you don’t use this feature or don’t want to see it in the system tray, then simply remove it using the Settings app of Windows 11. You can also add it back anytime you want.

How to disable Language Bar or Input Indicator in Windows 11

Adding more input languages in Windows 11 automatically invokes the language bar on the system. If you wish to turn Off the Language Bar in Windows 11, then the procedure is as follows:

1. Right-click on the Start button and select Settings.

2. Go to the Time & language tab on the list on the left-hand side.

3. In the right pane, select Typing.

4. Scroll down and click on Advanced Keyboard settings.

5. In the Advanced Keyboard settings window, uncheck the box associated with Use the desktop language bar when it’s available.

6. Reboot your system.


Language Bar & Input Indicator settings in Windows 10
Usually, the input indicator is in the right corner of the taskbar. If you want to hide it, you can do the following.
1. Click the Start Menu and open Settings.
2. Select Personalization in Settings.
3. Select the Taskbar and then click Turn system icons on or off
4. You will find Input Indicator in the list, and then you can turn it on or off.
If it is disabled, the Input indicator will disappear from the taskbar.
So on the taskbar, the ENG icon was hidden. And you can also enable it through this medium if the input indicator on the taskbar cannot be found.

Next, here is a way to hide or show the language bar, which appears as EN and usually does not appear in the taskbar or desktop.

1. You should first go to Settings, and choose Time & Language.

2. Enter Region & Language and click Additional date, time, & regional settings under Related settings.

3. Click Language in the list. Then click Advanced settings in the left pane.

4. Under Switching inputs method, select Use the desktop language bar when it‘s available. Then click Options.

5. Then you will see the following 3 options for the Language Bar. Select one and click OK.

  • If you choose Floating on Desktop, the language bar will appear on the desktop.
  • If you choose Docked in the taskbar, the language bar will be in the taskbar.
  • If you choose Hidden, the language bar will disappear.

6. Finally, save your changes.

And you will see the language bar appear in the different positions. The left one language is floating on the desktop and the right one is docked in the taskbar.

The above is about how to show or hide the language bar. When it is missing, this method can also be used to make it reappear.

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