Change Default System Language In Windows 10 Computers In Just A Few Steps [How To]

Zarmeen Shahzad
Change Language Settings

Windows computers are set with a default system language in different regions. However, if you don’t like the language settings that Windows has set for you, you can change these settings later on very easily. There are various reasons people adjust language settings, and the process of doing so is straightforward. If you don’t know how to, no need to worry because I will show you step-by-step how to change the default system language in Windows 10.

Change Default System Language Windows 10 - Current Users

So, why do people change language settings? In my case, I had to change language settings for work purposes. Some people change language when they are learning a foreign language, and changing settings on the computer helps them be more comfortable with another language. The list of reasons is long, but the process to switch language is very simple, and all you need to do is follow the steps below.

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Step-1: Go to the Start Menu and click on the Settings cog. (Shortcut Keys: Win + I)

Change Default System Language
Step-2: When the settings open, click on the Time & Language option.

Change Default System Language
Step-3: On the left side of your screen, you will see different options. Select Language.

Change Default System Language
Step-4: When the language settings open, under Preferred languages, click on the plus sign next to Add a language.

Add Language
Step-5: A list of language options will appear, and you can choose your preferred language from here. You can even search for the language of your choice in the search bar.

Change Default System Language
Step-6: Click on the language of your choice (I am selecting as an English Canada), and then click Next.

Step-7: You will get a few optional language features, and you can choose to get them or not. Once you do, click on Install. This may take a few minutes, depending on your internet speeds.

Optional Features
Step-8: Once the language pack has been downloaded, you can change your display language. In the Language settings, click on the icon for Windows display.

Windows Display
Step-9: From the drop-down menu under Windows display language, select the language of your choice.

Step-10: Once you select the language of your choice, you will get a prompt asking you to shut down your computer to completely incorporate the new language settings. You can choose to shut down later as well; I suggest the shut down now option so that you can change language in other areas as well.

Shut Down Now
Step-11: After you turn on your computer, go to the Language settings as before. Right next to the Windows display icon,  there is another option for Apps & websites. Click on this option.

Apps & websites
Step-12: The Apps & Websites option will allow you to choose the display language for apps and websites. The first language under the Preferred languages is the default language. To change this, scroll down a little, Under Preferred languages, pick your preferred language (English Canada in my case) and click. This will expand the option. Click on the upward arrow to move it to the top.

Preferred LanguageYour language for Apps and websites has now been changed.

Step-13: After this, you can also change the Keyboard language settings. In the Language settings, there is another option for Keyboard. Click on it.

Step-14: When the Keyboard settings open up, select the language of your choice in the drop-down menu.

Keyboard Language
Step-15: Go back to the Language settings by clicking on the back arrow on the top left of your screen.

Now, select the Speech option on the left side of your screen.

Speech settings
Step-16: Under the Speech-language, there is a drop-down menu. Select the language of your choice.

This feature is important if you use speech-to-text apps.

Speech settings

The above language changes apply only to your current user account. For a new user account, the language setting has to be changed from the control panel. The same goes for the Windows welcome, sign in and sign out, shut down, and Start menu screen.

Step-1: Go to the Start menu and type Control Panel. Click Open.

Control Panel
Step-2: Click on Clock and Region.

Clock & Region
Step-3: Select Region.

Change Language Windows 10
Step-4: Under the Administrative tab, click on Copy settings.

Change Language Windows 10
Step-5: In the pop-up window that opens up, at the bottom of the window, under copy your current settings to check the Welcome screen and system accounts and New user accounts.

Change Language Windows 10After this, click OK.

Following all these steps, this tutorial will change language settings for your current and new account settings.

[Keep in mind that you must change the display language settings first to apply the language settings to the welcome screen and new user accounts. Otherwise, your current language will be carried forward and not the preferred language]

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