Turn Off Language Bar or Input Indicator in Windows 10/8

When you select more than one language as the input language, the Language bar will be displayed either on taskbar or desktop in Windows. If you wish to turn on or turn off the Input Indicator or Language Bar in Windows 10/8.1, then this post will show you how to do it.

Turn Off Language Bar in Windows

From the WinX Menu, open Control Panel and click on the Language applet. Here it is assumed that you have more than one language as the input language. In my image, you will see English and Hindi.

Click on Advanced settings, that you can see in the left panel. The following will open. Under Switching inputs method, select Use the desktop language bar when it‘s available.

Turn Off Language Bar

Once you have done this, click on the Options link in the same line. The Text Services and Input Languages settings box will open. Under the Language Bar tab, you will see the following three options for the Language Bar.


By default, the Language Bar appears as follows in the Taskbar.

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When you select Floating on Desktop, you will see the following bar, which you can drag and place anywhere on your Windows desktop, according to your convenience.

floating on desktop 3

If you select Docked in the Taskbar and also check the Show additional Language Bar icons in the taskbar, you will see it appear as follows:

additional icons 4

When you select Hidden, the Language Bar will be hidden. To remove or turn off, simply uncheck the Use the desktop language bar when it‘s available setting.

There is another way to do it.

You may also right-click Taskbar > Properties > Taskbar and Navigation Properties > Taskbar tab. Click the Notification Area – Customize button.

turn input indicator off

Next, in the new window which opens, click Turn system icons on or off. Now select the option Off for Input Indicator from the drop-down menu. Click OK and Exit.

Language Bar & Input Indicator settings in Windows 10

In later versions of Windows 10, you need to do this.

Open Settings > Devices > Typing. Scroll down till you see More keyboard settings. Click on Advanced keyboard settings to open the following panel.

Here you will see the setting Use the desktop language bar when it’s available.

Clicking on language bar options will open the following window-

Make the choices as per your requirements.

You can turn off the Input Indicator from Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Notification area > Turn System icons on or off.

input indicator windows 10

Do note that closing the Language bar will not uninstall or remove any languages from your Windows PC, it is only this option to easily switch between input methods, that is hidden or removed.

Go here to troubleshoot if your Language Bar is missing in Windows 10/8.1/7.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. How can I remove the Windows 8.1 default shortcut win + space for language switching?

  2. victim of hack

    u know what i though i must be hacked because i did what u said and i can see input indicator added again to task bar but i can see it as a empty place when i click on it it wont do anything 🙁

  3. crikket

    i hope you’re okay

  4. Ryan Cooley

    Also check to make sure your region is correct.

  5. Mel Woopcushen Carline

    every time i turn my pc on, it comes back on the taskbar. it just will not stay gone 🙁 i dont think you was hacked, its just MS being its usual dictator self telling us what we can and cant do with out own PC’s

  6. Schnitzer325ci .

    Excellent thread! Worked a charm and finally that silly language indicator is gone. Windows should leave some things alone. Was perfectly fine in Win 7/8. Anywho.. Thanks again!

  7. Steve Wayne

    All fine and well except today (May 2018), the Win 10 Control Panel no longer has the Language Aplet available for selection. Perhaps you could get someone to update this article so that it is compatibgle with latest versions of Windows?

  8. ItsJake95

    Thanks, been bugging me since it popped up in my taskbar a few days back.

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