Windows 11 – like the previous versions of Windows before it – is available in a wide range of languages to cater to people around the world. And while your PC is likely to come in a language you already speak, sometimes you may want to check other languages for one reason or another. For example, maybe you are trying to learn a new language yourself and you want to practice it, so having that language installed on your Windows 11 PC can be of great help. I personally have done this for many years while learning English.
If you’re doing a clean install of Windows 11, you’re given a few options for the default language, but you can also install new languages later, and you can do multiple installs at once. Installing a language doesn’t just change the language in which it is displayed—you can use it for grammar correction and suggestions using the touch keyboard, or you can use speech-to-text in that language. You can also practice using .
In this guide, we will show you how to install a new language on Windows 11 and how to manage the language features available for it.
How to Install Language in Windows 11
If you want to add a new language to your Windows 11 PC, here’s what you need to do:
- Open the Settings app (you can find it in the Start menu).
- From the menu on the left, choose time and language,
- Click here language and region.
- You’ll see your current language settings, including your current display language and any languages you have installed. To install a new language, click add language,
- Find the language you want to install, either by scrolling down or by searching for it with the search bar at the top. Below the language list, you can also see a legend with icons telling you which features are supported in which languages. Most languages can be used as a display language, and many of them also support handwriting recognition. Languages that support speech-to-text and voice recognition are a bit more sparse, but the most common are supported.
In this case, we would install Spanish (Spain), Select the language of your choice and click next,
- You will then be able to choose the features you want to install for that language. For example, if your computer doesn’t support pen input, you might not care about handwriting recognition, so you can save some space by deselecting it.
The most notable part here is whether you want to set the language you are setting up as your display language. If you do this, you will need to sign out of your PC to change the language. Select the features you want and click next,
- The language is now installed and you can use the features you chose to install. Again, if you chose to make this your new display language, you’ll see a message prompting you to sign out of your PC, which will close all your apps.
- If you want to switch between your installed display languages, you can always use the option at the top of this page.
So now you have installed the new language, but you may have another problem – the keyboard. Each language usually has a different keyboard layout, and when you install a new language, it will use that language’s default layout, and it may not match the keyboard you are using . This means that some keys may have different characteristics than what is on their label. In this case, you might want to add a keyboard layout to your newly-installed language. Note that this isn’t a perfect solution in every language, but it can help a lot. Here’s how to do it:
How to Add a Keyboard Layout to a Language
To add a new keyboard layout to a language, follow these steps:
- Go to the Settings app, then select time and language and then language and region Like we did above.
- Click the three dots next to the language you just installed, then select language option,
note: This page is also where you can add or remove language features if you want to change them after installing the language pack.
- below keyboardClick add keyboard, The first few recommendations are language-specific, but you can scroll down to find the right layout for your country.
If you are in the US, you may want to use United States-International option, which will let you add accents that are more common in languages like Spanish and Portuguese.
- You can delete the other keyboard layout by clicking the three dots next to it and clicking RemoveWhich should help reduce the confusion.
Now that you’ve added multiple languages, you can switch between input languages windows key , space bar simultaneously on your keyboard. This will allow you to receive automatic corrections and suggestions based on the language you are using.
change regional setting
When you change the display language on your PC, it will also change the way the date and time are displayed. For example, if you’re using Spanish as we did above, you’ll now see a 24-hour clock instead of the 12-hour clock used in the US. The date format will also change to DD/MM/YYYY. If you want to change these settings, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app and go to time and languagethen language and regionlike before.
- Regional settings options appear at the bottom of the language list. As a default, regional format option is set to recommended So it follows your display language, but you might want to change it to the format you’re most used to. In this case, we’re going with English United States),
As soon as you click on the correct option, the format on your taskbar will change.
- you may also want to change it country or region The setting for the language of the country you are using. It’s mostly used to display content in places like the Microsoft Store, so you get more locally relevant content. This only makes sense if you are actually living in another country.
And that’s all you need to know about installing a new language on Windows 11. Like we said at the top, this can be a big help if you’re trying to learn a new language, or if you’re sharing your PC with someone who prefers a different language.
If you’re looking for other Windows 11 guides, we also have recommended stuff on how to turn off the Start menu, which is something many users want to do.