How to change Outlook or Hotmail Language back to English

Sometimes it happens that the language of or Hotmail gets changed to some other than English. And if you do not understand the new language, it becomes very difficult to perform any task on This post explains how to change Outlook language back to English US. You can use the same technique to change the language to anything you want and, is included in the list of languages supported by Outlook.

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Change Outlook or Hotmail Language back to English

Since we do not know the language is displaying, we will be playing blind. I have made a video that converts Outlook language to Hindi and then back to English so that you get a better idea of what options to select.

The main mail options label is present in the drop down menu of the gear icon. It is the one that is located between two horizontal bars and does not contain anything else between those bars. You have to click that to access the mail settings.

Once you are at the Advanced Mail Settings, you have to look for the Language options. The Advanced Mail Settings has plenty of options arranged in two columns and under different headings. The option to change language is the second one under the second heading in the second column. Once you know that, simply click on it. You will be presented with a list of languages that are supported by

Select English (US) and scroll down. Click on Save. Your browser automatically reloads/refreshes the page with English as the user interface language. Henceforth, whenever you log into Outlook on the web, you will get English as the default Language.

If you wish to change to any other language, you can use the same technique for it. Please check the video below to understand it better. The first part of this video shows how to change Outlook language from English to Hindi. Then it shows changing back to English.

I hope this helps. If you still have any questions or doubts, please feel free to send them across.

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Arun Kumar is a Microsoft MVP alumnus, obsessed with technology, especially the Internet. He deals with the multimedia content needs of training and corporate houses. Follow him on Twitter @PowercutIN
  • jj

    thank you SO MUCH!!!! B

  • lyron

    it shows 3 option between the bars for men and none of them is as such

  • lyron


  • vasudevG

    Yeah, in the new version you have 3 option in between the bars, They are as seen in English: Manage Rules, Manage categories, Options. Click on the 3rd option ‘Options’ . Then in ‘Customizing’ click on ‘Language’ and it lists various languages. Select English (United Kingdom) or English (United States) or any other language you want to change to.

  • DJ 89

    im trying to change my outlook account back to English but when I click on the gear icon the option that is shown above doesn’t appear like that on my outlook account

  • Arun Kumar

    The interface changed later. Here is a video showing how to change the language in new interface:

  • Kim

    mine changes to English, but when I forget my password, I have to choose call as the option and when they call back with the code, it still keeps saying it in French, not English,and no one can help me- even at the Microsoft call center !! also I have an email on my options, but can’t use it to obtain info anymore. How do I delete it ????

  • Arun Kumar

    Maybe, you can take help of a person who knows French. But, I think whatever be the audio language, you need to enter the numbers spoken. Are the numbers too pronounced in French? Try listening again.

    If you wish to delete it, you just leave it for six months. They’ll remove it automatically.

  • Problem

    if is the login page ,then how to change

  • Paresh

    my computer language changed. I want to change it to English? Please guide

  • Anand Khanse

    Open the Control Panel > Clock, Language, and Region > Region and Language.
    Click the Keyboards and Languages tab.
    Under Display language, choose a language from the list, and then click OK.

  • Dave

    thank you!

  • John Gilbert

    Brilliant I managed it just from your description. However, “Options” was not between two lines but the 3rd one down between two lines!. Thanks
    John Gilbert

  • Anjaneya Divakaruni

    i have a windows vista. how do i send telugu email while using hotmail

  • giudi

    hi! how can i change the language from arabic to english? Someone hacked my account and changed it…

  • han han

    I have done follow the instruction but after I select English US and click Save button, language still is not changed. Please help! Many thanks!

  • Arun Kumar

    What browser are you using? And OS? Did you click the blue button towards left after changing the language to English because that is save. The other one towards right is cancel.

  • han han

    Thanks for your support! I have tried google chrome, IE, firefox but it still can not change language. I am using Chinese traditional currently, I can read chinese so I am sure I click the right button. I also tried changing language with other hotmail account, the language is changed after clicking Save button. What error with my account? Thank you so much

  • Arun Kumar

    I can’t think of anything. I will ask others and inform you. Seems like a Microsoft account problem. But have to figure out troubleshooting steps.

  • Peter Kuikman

    Hi Han Han,
    I got exactly the same problem. My account is in English and want to change to Dutch, but it’s still English. It’s a brand new Microsoft Account, I think this problem is at Microsoft.

  • Arun Kumar

    Seems no one has the answer as to why your settings are not being saved. It could be an account related problem. Please contact Microsoft Customer Care.

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