Being multilingual can make things difficult when you’re browsing, and if you’re dealing with foreign languages all the time, then a language pack can help. Language packs allow users to interact with the webpage in a language different than the one that the webpage is in.

The language pack is usually downloaded and installed so that you don’t have to worry about not having the service to use the language pack. Windows makes it easy to use by putting the language pack on the taskbar, which allows you to switch keyboards easily. If the language bar is missing, then here’s a few ways to troubleshoot.

Unhide the Language Bar

You may have accidentally hidden the language bar and it’s easier to hide the language bar than it is to unhide it. Here are the steps that you need to take to unhide the language bar.

1. Launch settings on your Windows device. You can press the settings gear that’s on your taskbar or you can use the Windows key and the “I” key.

2. On the settings menu, click on the “Devices” icon in the first row right beneath the search bar.

Typing

3. There’s a gray panel on the left side of the screen. In that panel, click on “Typing.”

Advanced Keyboard Settings

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the “Typing” menu and select the blue text that says “Advanced Keyboard Settings.

Language Bar Options

5. On the screen for “Advanced Settings Options” click on the blue text that says “Language Bar Options.” A window will open on your device.

window

6. In that window, make sure that the circle next to Hidden isn’t dark. If it is, then click on one of the other circles to unhide the language bar. You can choose to make the language bar a floating icon or you can choose to keep the language bar in the taskbar.

Check if you Made a Change to the Windows Registry

Making a change in the registry might help you make the language bar reappear.

1. Open the Registry. To do this, press the Windows Key and the “R” key on your keyboard.

2. The Run prompt window will appear. In the box labeled “Open” type “regedit” and hit OK at the bottom of the box.

3. Confirm that you want to launch the registry.

4. At the top of the registry is a search bar. Click on it and copy and paste this into the search bar and hit Enter: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

list of files

4. You should see a list of files. Right click anywhere and a menu will appear.

String Value

5. On the menu, hover over “New” select “String Value.”

Modify

6. A new file will appear. Right click it so a menu appears. On the menu, click on “Modify.” A new window will appear.

Value Data box

7. In the Value Data box, enter the following value: “ctfmon”=”CTFMON.EXE”

8. Select “OK.”

Restart your device and see if the language bar is visible again.

Re- adding the Language

Sometimes when other users removed and then added the language, the language bar appeared again. Here’s how you do this.

1. Launch the Settings on your device. You can click on the settings gear on your taskbar or use the Windows key and the “I” key to open it.

2. On the settings menu, select “Time and Language.”

3. On the left gray panel, click on “Language.”

4. Click on the secondary language and select “Remove.”

5. Then, click on the addition icon at the top of the screen to the left of the “Add a Preferred Language” text. A list will appear.

6. Re-add the language that you removed by clicking on it and select “Next” at the bottom of the screen.

7. On the next screen, select that you want the language for speech and writing.

8. Hit “Install” at the bottom of the window.

Now, you should see the language bar.

Check if you have an update

Sometimes, your Windows device is outdated and that’s why the language bar might go away. Here’s how you check if you have an update available.

1. Launch the Settings on your device. You can click on the settings gear on your taskbar or use the Windows key and the “I” key to open it.

2. Click on the icon that says, “Update and Security.”

3. Click on the “Update” and it’ll tell you if there are any updates.

Now that you know a few tricks, hopefully your language bar can be fixed.