Before using a PC with Windows 10 OS installed, you’re required to select the default system language for your computer. However, if you prefer to use a different language, you can change it anytime you would like to. This is particularly useful if you’re sharing your system with other users who prefer different languages. In this article, we’ll provide you a step-by-step tutorial on how to change system language in Windows 10. Let’s have a look.
Note: You’re required to sign into Microsoft’s Windows 10 and use an administrative account to proceed further.
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Steps to Change System Language in Windows 10
Navigating to Languages Screen
- In order to change system language in Windows 10, you need to access the languages screen. Hit the Windows key and choose Settings from the Start menu
- Under the Settings window, click on the Time & Language option
- On the left side of the pane, select Region & language and then on the right side of the pane, choose Add a language
- The Add a Language window displays languages that are available on your PC. The languages are listed in alphabetical order according to the default Windows language. You’ll find that each language is listed with its native name as well as its name in the system’s set language. Just select the language you want to use
- Your selected language may have additional options to it. Let’s say, when you select English, there’s a complete range of languages you can pick from. You can use this to customize the system language to suit you
- Once you’ve chosen your system language, Windows 10 may need to download a language pack. You can check by going back to your device’s screen where you clicked on the Add a language option. You will find your newly-selected language here. Under Language pack available section, just click on the Options button
- When you go to the Download language pack feature, just click on the Download button to install the language pack
- Once the pack is downloaded, the system language will be ready to use. To make it the default language for the current user account, you need to click on the Set as default button on the language
Making a Language Change System-wide
When you change the language for your own account, you can go to the welcome screen and new accounts to use that system language as well. It is quite useful if you have a laptop or PC set to a foreign language and required everything to be in your native language.
- In order to make your language changes system-wide, just click on the Start Then, type Control into the given box and click on the Control Panel entry that appears
- Next, you need to go to the Large/Small Icon view and then click on the Region section
- Along the top of the window that appears, click on the Administrative tab
- Next, you can click on the Copy settings button
- A window will pop up. Here, you can see how your system displays different languages. While you are not able to tweak the individual settings on this screen, you can set your language as the new system default by clicking on two tick boxes as shown in the image,
Doing so will make your set language the new system default, including the welcome screen and all accounts created from now on. You can restart your PC. Once it has restarted, everything should be set to the language you’ve selected.
If you want a system to use multiple languages on different accounts or if you bought a machine with a foreign language pre-installed, you can always change it as you fancy. So this was all about how to change system language in Windows 10 as well as how to apply the language changes to the entire system.
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