Windows 10 Change Display Language

Windows 10 supports changing the display language. The Time & Language tab in the new Windows 10 Settings menu is pretty straightforward: This is where you go to change the time and date, add languagesto your PC, and adjust the speech settings. So, you no longer need to be concerned about the default language when you buy a computer — if you prefer to use a different language, you can change it at any time.

This is particularly useful for environments where multiple users access a single computer and those users prefer different languages. You can download and install additional languages for Windows 10 to view menus, dialog boxes, and other user interface items in your preferred language.

Install a Language in Windows 10

Sign in to Windows 10 using an administrative account. Go to “Start Menu” and go to “Settings > Time & Language”.

Language Panel in Windows 10

Select “Region & language” on the left pane, and click “Add a language” on the right pane.

Add Language in Windows 10

A new window will open, offering you languages that are available and can be installed on your computer. The languages are listed in alphabetical order according to the default Windows language. Click on the language you want, and it will start downloading.

Select Language to Install

Go back to the “Time & Language” screen and click on the language you just installed. You’ll see three options: “Set as default”, “Options”, “Remove”. Under “Options”, click “Download” to download the language pack and keyboard for that language. If you open “Control Panel > Languages”, you’ll see the traditional settings which you are familiar with.

Windows 10 Language Settings

How to Change Display Language

To change the language of the user account you are currently using, select a language, then click “Set as default”. You’ll see a notification appear under the language that reads, “Will be display language after next sign-in.” Sign out of Windows and sign back in, and your new display language will be set. If you want to change the language of another user account, sign in to that account first.

Set Default Language in Windows

Second Method: Using the Control Panel

If you prefer the traditional way to add a language as in Windows 7 and Windows 8, here are the steps for you. In Windows 10, the quickest way to visit the Language settings of the Control Panel is to type Language in the search box on the taskbar. Then similar to the steps above, click Add a language, download it and set as default.

Applying a language pack to a user account may not necessarily change the Windows default system language used in Welcome, Sign In, Sign Out, Shutdown screens, Start menu section titles, and Built In Administrator account.

To make this thing work, you should at least install one additional language pack, and one user account must be using a different display language than the default install language. If the computer only has one user account its display language must have been changed. Open “Control Panel > Region” (Control Panel in icon view), Select the “Administrative” tab and click “Copy settings”.

On this screen you can copy your current language (make sure your user language is set to the one you want to use everywhere) to the system account which will cause everything to show up in the language you choose. You also have an option to set it as default for new users. Once finished, restart the computer.