HOW  TO  CHANGE  THE  DEFAULT  DISPLAY  LANGUAGE  IN  WINDOWS  10

In this section I will be showing you how to change the default keyboard language only and how to add an additional language to the Windows 10 operating system, so that you can switch between keyboards and switch between languages.


In this day and age where more people are travelling around the world, buying "Foreign" computer hardware and software in different languages, it is handy to know how to switch between keyboard layouts (languages) and how to change the operating system's default language. For example: If you normally use an English keyboard, but it has broken or you are abroad without it whereby someone offers you their "Foreign" keyboard (i.e. Hungarian keyboard), you can tell Windows 10 to use a different languaged keyboard only (i.e. a Hungarian keyboard); without the need to install its language (i.e. Hungarian).

In this example I have Windows 10 installed (obviously!) on a Hungarian laptop whereby I chose English (and not Hungarian) as the default language when setting up Windows 10; so the whole Windows 10 operating system is now in Full English. No Hungarian whatsoever. Besides the letters Y and Z being the wrong way around for English on a Hungarian keyboard, I can cope with a Hungarian keyboard. However, sometimes when practising the language and looking up Hungarian words online, I find it easier to use the Hungarian keyboard. Hence, I need to switch keyboard layouts (languages) from time to time.

INSTALL  A  FOREIGN  KEYBOARD  ONLY

To change the keyboard layout (language) of Windows 10 begin by clicking on the START Menu button, to make the START Menu menu-items appear, and then click on the SETTINGS menu-item (Fig 1.0) to open the Settings control panel window (Fig 1.1).

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Fig 1.0 - Click on the START Menu button and then on the SETTINGS menu-item to continue

When the Settings control panel window appears (Fig 1.1 below) click on the TIME & LANGUAGE option (button/link) to open the TIME & LANGUAGE control panel window (Fig 1.2).

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Fig 1.1 - The Settings control panel window - Click on the TIME & LANGUAGE button/link to continue

When the TIME & LANGUAGE control panel window appears (Fig 1.2 below) the window will be displaying details of the current Time & Date of your default city/country. In this case, the current Time & Date in Londn (UK). To quickly change the Time & Date to the "Foreign" country you are currently inside (now visiting), such as Hungary, simply click on the SET TIME ZONE AUTOMATICALLY button to switch that option on. Doing so will disable (fade) the CHANGE DATE AND TIME slide button, TIME ZONE and drop-down menu and ADJUST FOR DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME AUTOMATICALLY slide button, as the SET TIME ZONE AUTOMATICALLY function (option) will take care of those three functions (options) for you.

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Fig 1.2 - Click on the SET TIME ZONE AUTOMATICALLY button to automatically set the Time & Date to the "Foreign" country you are in

If you do not want the SET TIME ZONE AUTOMATICALLY function (option) to take care of those three functions (options), perhaps because you want to select each option manually, keep the SET TIME ZONE AUTOMATICALLY function (option) switched off. The advantage of the SET TIME ZONE AUTOMATICALLY function (option) is that it will change Windows 10's current Time & Date for you as you go from one city/country to another. The disadvantage is that you might not want this to happen, for whatever reason(s).

With the date and time set, click on the REGION & LANGUAGE Tab (link/menu-item) to change the Country & Language settings. By default, the Country drop-down menu will be set to the country that Windows 10 was set up to use when it was first installed. Set to UNITED KINGDOM in this example. You can change it though, to the country/region you are currently in, by using the Country drop-down menu. I have since change the Country/Region setting to HUNGARY.

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Fig 1.3 - Use the Country/Region drop-down menu to tell Windows 10 which country/region you are currently in

Now that the date, time and country/region settings have been changed, the next step is to add an additional language to Windows 10, and more precisely to add an additional keyboard layout; so that Windows 10 then recognises both the English keyboard layout (the English keys) and the Hungarian keyboard layout (the Hungarian keys) when I switched between keyboards. So click on the ADD LANGUAGE button to continue (Fig 1.3 above).


Clicking on the ADD LANGUAGE button brings up the Add A Language window (below) whereby you then need to scroll through the huge list of available languages, and therefore available keyboard layouts. In this example I have clicked on the HUNGARIAN (Magyar) language. Doing so then installs the keyboard layout ONLY.

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Fig 1.4 - Select (left click on) the language you would like to use with your keyboard

Besides additional, internal Windows 10, language settings being installed, clicking on a language does NOT actually that language and therefore does NOT change the default language that Windows 10 is currently using (i.e. English).

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Fig 1.5 - Additional, internal Windows 10, language settings being installed

It is also worth noting that you do not actually need a "Foreign" keyboard to use a "Foreign" language. It just makes things easier. So you could have an English keyboard whereby selecting Hungarian for example would mean pressing the Z keyboard key produces the letter Y on screen. People do this when they want special characters (i.e. Hungarian Ás and És).

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Fig 1.6 - The Hungarian keyboard layout (additional, optional, keyboard language) has now been installed

As you can see from the above screenshot, Hungarian is now available as an optional, additional, keyboard. The default languauge (Windows Display Language) for Windows 10 is still English. I can switch between keyboards (keyboard languages/layouts) by using the new Input Method selector in the notifications area of the taskbar.

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Fig 1.7 - You can select which keyboard (keyboard language/layout) to use from the Input Method selector

As well as the Input method selector now being available, because you have more than one keyboard language/layout to choose from, a Languauge Pack will also be available for the newly installed keyboard language/layout. If you click on the name of the newly installed keyboard language/layout, three options will appear. SET AS DEFAULT, OPTIONS and REMOVE. To actually install the Language Pack you first need to click on the OPTIONS button (Fig 1.8 below) and then on the DOWNLOAD button (Fig 1.9).

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Fig 1.8 - Click on the OPTIONS button to continue

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Fig 1.9 - Click on the DOWNLOAD button to continue

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Fig 1.10 - The Language Pack has downloaded and is now being installed

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Fig 1.11 - The Language Pack has been installed

When the Language Pack has been installed it is NOT automatically selected as the default language for the Windows 10 operating system. To make it the default language for the Windows 10 operating system you need to click on its name and then on its SET AS DEFAULT button (above). A computer restart (another sign-in) will be required after that in order to make that language the default language. If you want to remove a language and/or keyboard language/layout, you need to click on the respective REMOVE buttons. For a keyboard language/layout - Click on the name of the language, click on the OPTIONS button, click on the name of the keyboard language/layout and then click on the REMOVE button.