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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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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