How to Remove/Change Default Keyboard Language in Windows? 5 Ways

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When installing Microsoft Windows in any location where English isn’t the first language, your Windows operating system automatically switches to the local language to provide ease of use and match the language of your PC to your native.

However, most users prefer using English over their native language. Moreover, certain programs and activities on your PC can automatically revert the language back to the original one, rather than the selected one. This can be pretty confusing and annoying, especially if you are in the middle of a game.

How to Remove Default Keyboard Language in Windows

So if you never use a certain language on your keyboard, you can get rid of it to only use English. Read on to find out how to remove the default language in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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  • Set a Default Keyboard Input Language: Make sure that your keyboard input is the same as your desired language by going to Time & Language settings.
  • Remove the Default Keyboard Language from Time & Language Settings: Use Windows Settings to remove the default language.
  • Ensure Your Sync Settings Are Correct: If you have the wrong sync settings, you will be unable to remove the default keyboard language.
  • Use PowerShell: Force your system to remove your default language using PowerShell.

Continue reading to learn in detail about all these methods so you can switch your default input language to your desired one.

How to Remove Default Keyboard Language in Windows?
[3 Beginner-Friendly Ways]

There are multiple ways to remove the default keyboard language in Windows. Below, we have mentioned a few simple ways to get your desired display language before we move on to the more challenging methods.

1: Set a Default Keyboard Input Language

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Before you try any other solutions mentioned below, make sure that your keyboard input is the same as your desired language.

Here’s how to do so:

  • Right-click on “Start” and go to “Settings”.
  • Next, navigate to “Time & Language” and then open the “Language & Region” section.
Go to Language & Region
  • Now ensure that your desired language is selected as “default”.
  • Click on “Add Keyboard” and then select the correct keyboard layout. Make sure to delete any other keyboard layouts.
Add a keyboard under Language Options
  • Close all the windows and restart your PC.

2: Remove the Default Keyboard Language from Time & Language Settings

  • Right-click on “Start” and go to “Settings”.
  • Next, navigate to “Time & Language” and then open the “Language & Region” section.
  • Select the language that you want to remove and then hit the “Remove” button.
Remove other keyboard layouts

3: Ensure Your Sync Settings Are Correct

Sometimes, if you have the wrong sync settings, you will be unable to remove the default keyboard language. Make sure that your sync settings are correct by following these steps:

  • Right-click on “Start” and go to “Settings”.
  • Next, go to “Accounts” and then open the “Windows backup” section from the left sidebar.
Click Accounts then Windows Backup
  • Find the “Language Preferences” option under “Remember my preferences” and then disable it.

Removing Default Keyboard Language in Windows
[2 Advanced Ways]

If the above-mentioned ways do not work, you can opt for more advanced methods to remove the default keyboard language in Windows. 

1: Use PowerShell

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You can use PowerShell to force your system to remove an unwanted keyboard language. Here’s how:

  • Go to ‘Windows Search’ and type “PowerShell”.
  • Now click on the first entry and select “Run as administrator”
  • Select “Yes” when asked whether you want to allow changes.
  • A new window will open up. Copy, paste, and enter the following command into that window:
    Get-WinUserLanguageList
Type Get-WinUserLanguageList
  • A list of available languages will appear. From this language list, look for the language that you want to remove.
  • Now copy, paste, and enter the following commands one by one while replacing the language that you want to remove, e.g. en-US:
    $LangList = Get-WinUserLanguageList
    $MarkedLang = $LangList | where LanguageTag -eq "en-US"
    $LangList.Remove($MarkedLang)
    Set-WinUserLanguageList $LangList -Force
Use PowerShell to remove Keyboard Language
  • Finally, restart your PC.

2: Modify the Registry Using Registry Editor

If you have tried all the above mentioned methods and you’re still unable to remove the default keyboard language, try editing the registry in the Registry Editor. However, remember to create a backup of that registry before making any modifications.

Follow these steps:

  • Go to ‘Windows Search’ and type and enter “regedit”.
Type regedit
  • Open “Registry Editor” from the results and navigate to the following path:
    Computer\HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload
Go to Keyboard Layout\Preload
Keyboard identifiers for Windows languages
  • Now look for that code in the list in the “Registry Editor” and right-click on it.
  • Next, select “Delete” and then confirm the deletion.
Delete Language using RegEdit
  • Finally, restart your PC.

And that’s the last step we had for this guide today!
There are many reasons why you may want to use a different keyboard language on your PC. It may either be a personal preference or a specific requirement for a program to function well. However, removing an unwanted language can be quite daunting.

We hope that this guide helped you remove the default keyboard input method in Windows successfully. Make sure to try the beginner-friendly ways first and only opt for the more advanced option when nothing else works.

Good luck!

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