How to add, change and remove keyboard input languages in Windows 10

Many people need to type in more than one language on their computers and devices with Windows 10. If you are one of them and you need to install a new keyboard input language, a different variant of a keyboard input language, or you need to remove some keyboard input languages, then you should read this tutorial:

How to add a new keyboard input language, in Windows 10

First, open the Settings app. A quick way to do that is to press Windows + I on your keyboard. Then, go to “Time & Language.”

In the column on the left, choose “Region & language.” A list of related settings is shown on the right. Click or tap the “Add a language” button.

A long list is shown with all the languages that are available in Windows 10. It is ordered alphabetically. You can also type the name of the language that you want to install, to find it quicker. Once you find it, click or tap on its name.

Widely used languages like Spanish or French have many versions, for different countries (see the screenshot below for example). Choose the exact language that you want to use.

The selected language is now added to Windows 10, and it is shown in the list of installed languages.

You can now close the Settings app and start using the newly installed keyboard input language.

How to add a specific variant of a keyboard input language

Many languages have different variants of keyboard inputs. For example, the Spanish language has the standard Spanish QWERTY input, the Latin American QWERTY, and the Spanish Variation QWERTY, each with their quirks and differences.

If you want to install a particular variant for a keyboard input language, after following the instructions in the previous section, select the language that you want to edit. Then, press Options.

You are shown several options for the selected language. Press the “Add a keyboard” button and choose the variation that you desire from the list.

You can now see the variation that you selected in the list, and you can start using it right away.

You can close the Settings app

How to change the keyboard input language, in Windows 10

After installing the desired keyboard input language, you can change it at any time. One way is to use the mouse or touch. In the right corner of the Windows 10 taskbar, click or tap on the short name of the current keyboard input language. A list is shown with the languages that are installed. Click or tap the one that you want to use.

Now you see the selected keyboard input language shown as active.

Another way to change the keyboard input language is to press the left ALT key on the keyboard together with SHIFT (Left ALT+SHIFT). Press these keys once, and you go to the next keyboard input language in the list. Press them one more time, and you go to the next, and so on.

How to remove a keyboard input language from Windows 10

When you no longer need to use a particular keyboard input language, open the Settings app, and go to “Time & Language.” In the column on the left, choose “Region & language” and, on the right, select the language that you want to remove. Then, click or tap the Remove button beneath its name.

The language and all its input variations are now removed.

If you want to remove only a particular variation of a keyboard input language, select the language in the list and press Options. Then, choose the variation that you want to remove by clicking or tapping on its name. Press the remove button shown beneath its name and you are done.

Close the Settings app and resume working on your Windows 10 computer.

How many keyboard input languages do you use?

We are a multi-lingual team, and we use two or three keyboard input languages on a regular basis. What about yourself? How many languages do you use? What keyboard input language did you install on your Windows 10 device? Comment below and let’s discuss.