Change or set the default keyboard language in Windows 10

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Philippe Gloaguen

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The keyboard functionality in Windows 10 offers a lot of help to users. Windows 10 includes language support in more than 100 languages. Most of these languages ​​are divided into regional languages. These languages ​​are in “optional download” format, which means they can be downloaded when needed and are therefore called language packs.

Some of the important languages ​​included in this feature are as follows:

  • Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, German, Italian, Hindi, Russian, etc.

The following steps in this article will show you how to change or add keyboard language in Windows 10:

Step 1:

Click on the Windows “Search” bar next to the “Start” menu icon. Enter “settings” in the search bar and click on the first option provided OR press the Enter key. This will open the Windows “Settings” application.

Alternatively, you can press "Windows Key + I" to open the Settings app.

Step 2:

Click on the “Time and Language” section. It includes options such as “Date and time”, “Region and language” and “Voice”.

Step 3:

In the “Time and language” configuration window, click on “Region and language” located in the submenus on the left. Click "Add a language" if you want to add the language or change the current language.

Step 4:

Choose one of your languages, for example "French".

Step 5:

Now, the "French" language is subdivided into regional languages ​​in which French is spoken. You can choose the appropriate language according to your choice, for example “French” (France).

Step 6:

Now the above language is added in the “Languages” section. You can click on it and download the language pack as it is an optional download.

Step 7:

If you want to set it as the primary language for reading and writing, click on the language above and click on “Set as default”. Your current language will be changed.

Final report: If you want to go back to the previous language or vice versa, use the “Shift + Alt” hotkey.

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