How to change the language in Windows 11

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If you ever wondered how to change the language in Windows 11, and doing it in a proper and complete manner, we have put together this how to guide to walk you through the process. If you have just installed Microsoft Windows 11 system, but found out it is not in your native language, you don’t have to struggle anymore.

Throughout the different sections included in this article, we will show you both, how to change the language that appears in your applications, every time you open one, and also the language on the Windows 11 administration interface. Additionally, you will learn how to swiftly switch between the language selector options. As a bonus, we also included a complete list with all the languages supported in Windows 11 and its base required package. Without further ado, let’s jump right in.

How to change the language in Windows 11: all possible ways

To know how to change the language in Windows 11 completely, there are three important steps that you should know. In essence, Windows can assign a language to different aspects on the operating system, and in order to do a complete language change, you should set them all up. You can change independently the language applications are shown, the language on the keyboard and also the language of the Windows 11 admin tools and panels.

Change the language on which apps are displayed

There is a dedicated section on the Windows 11 settings to change all language related options. If you go to the Windows 11 settings (Cog wheel icon), and then click on the “Time and language” link, located in the left-hand side column, you will be on the right track. Once you have clicked on this section, the main panel of this window will reveal all the options. Locate the one that says “Language and region”.

In the Windows 11 settings locate the Time & language section

Here you will find all the language options. Simply, in the “Windows Display Language” drop-down, select your preferred language. Most likely the language you are looking for won’t be among the options. Why? Because Windows 11 usually installs only one language pack to reduce the size at maximum and hence the time this whole process takes. Therefore, you will need to click on Add language to install our language on Windows 11.

How to change the language in Windows 11

In the pop-up window, use the search box to locate the language you want to add. Next to each of them you will see the functions that the package includes. In the case of widely used languages, such as English, French or Spanish, you will have additional features at your disposal such as voice recognition, text-to-speech or handwriting. When you’ve selected your language, tap Next to skip to the next step.

Select the language you want your Windows 11 to have and the set of features.

Now is the time to select the parts of the package that you want to download. For a complete experience, get all the possible features. If you check the box “Set as my Windows display language”, when finished, the system will adopt the new language as the default. Use Install to finish setup.

Now you select specific aspects of the language you wish to install in your system.
Once done, you need to Sign out to apply the language changes on Windows 11.

Now, you will have to wait for the package to download completely. Lastly, Use the “Sign out” button to apply the changes.

The next time you log in, your account will use the new language. If you still read certain parts of the system in the old language, restart the computer.

Change keyboard language in Windows 11

Adding a new package also adds a keyboard layout for that specific language. Although it doesn’t select it.  Changing this setting will cause the characters you type to not match the physical keys. Knowing how to change the keyboard layout is important in some cases. For instance, you may want to use the system in English, but have a Spanish keyboard.

The keyboard language selector on Windows 11

If you already have installed the language package, but the language of the keys don’t match, go to the taskbar and click on ENG (this text may vary depending on the language applied. It will show an abbreviation of the active language). Then select the layout that suits your keyboard.

It is also possible to quickly switch between the different distributions with the shortcut Windows key + Spacebar.

Change the administrative language of Windows 11

Up to this point we have already explained how to change the language of Windows 11 in your account and adapt the keyboard layout. However, you may have noticed that the lock screen and other screen items are kept in the previous language.

In Control panel, you can activate the administrative language settings in the Clock and region section.

To fix this, you are required to change the administrative language. Do this by opening the “Control panel” and accessing “Clock and region”.

Then click “Region” and in the pop-up window, open the “Administrative” tab. Then, click on “Copy settings”.

How to change your language settings in Windows 11.

Check the bottom two boxes and click OK.

By doing this, Windows 11 will copy your account’s language settings to the login screen, system accounts, and new user accounts.

What languages ​​is Windows 11 available in?

Now that you know how to change your language settings in Windows 11, you might be wondering what are all the languages supported by this operative system. The truth is, that in order to have a language package installed, you need to have an specific base package for it. For instance, in the case of Catalan, Basque and Galician, all of them require the Spanish (Spain) package previously installed to function correctly.

Here is the full list of the languages available in Windows 11 and its corresponding base package:

LanguageBase Package
AfrikaansEnglish United States)
AlbanianEnglish United States)
AmharicEnglish United States)
ArabicAny language
ArmenianEnglish United States)
AssameseEnglish United States)
Azerbaijani (Latin)English United States)
Bangla (Bangladesh)English United States)
Bangla (India)English United States)
BasqueSpanish – Spain)
Bosnian (Latin)English United States)
BulgarianAny language
CatalanSpanish – Spain)
Central Kurdish (Arabic)English United States)
CherokeeEnglish United States)
Simplified ChineseAny language
Traditional ChineseAny language
CroatianAny language
CzechAny language
DanishAny language
DariEnglish United States)
DutchAny language
EnglishAny language
EstonianAny language
Filipino (Tagalog)English United States)
FinnishAny language
FrenchAny language
GalicianSpanish – Spain)
GeorgianEnglish United States)
GermanAny language
GreekAny language
GujaratiEnglish United States)
Hausa (Latin)English United States)
HebrewAny language
HindiEnglish United States)
HungarianAny language
IcelandersEnglish United States)
IgboEnglish United States)
IndonesianEnglish United States)
IrishEnglish United States)
isiXhosaEnglish United States)
isiZuluEnglish United States)
ItalianAny language
JapaneseAny language
CanarianEnglish United States)
KazakhEnglish United States)
JemerEnglish United States)
QuichéSpanish – Mexico)
KinyarwandaEnglish United States)
KiSuajiliEnglish United States)
KonkaniEnglish United States)
KoreanAny language
LatvianAny language
LithuanianAny language
MacedonianEnglish United States)
Malay (Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore)English United States)
MalayalamEnglish United States)
MalteseEnglish United States)
MaoriEnglish United States)
MarathiEnglish United States)
Mongolian (Cyrillic)English United States)
NepaliEnglish United States)
Norwegian (Bokmål)Any language
Norwegian (Nynorsk)Norwegian (Bokmål)
OdiaEnglish United States)
PersianEnglish United States)
PolishAny language
Portuguese (Brazil)Any language
Portuguese (Portugal)Any language
PunjabiEnglish United States)
Punjabi (Arabic)English United States)
QuechuanSpanish – Mexico)
RomanianAny language
RussianAny language
Scottish GaelicEnglish United States)
Serbian (Cyrillic, Bosnia and Herzegovina)English United States)
Serbian (Cyrillic, Serbia)Serbian (Latin)
Serbian (Latin)Any language
Sesotho in LeboaEnglish United States)
Setsuana (South Africa and Botswana)English United States)
Sindhi (Arabic)English United States)
SinhalaEnglish United States)
SlovakAny language
SlovenianAny language
SpanishAny language
SwedishAny language
Tajik (Cyrillic)Russian
Tamil (India and Sri Lanka)English United States)
TeluguEnglish United States)
ThaiAny language
Tigriña (Ethiopia)English United States)
TurkishAny language
UkrainianAny language
UrduEnglish United States)
UighurSimplified Chinese (China)
Uzbek (Latin)English United States)
ValencianSpanish – Spain)
VietnameseEnglish United States)
WelshEnglish United States)
YorubaEnglish United States)

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