How to Change the Display Language in Windows 10

Changing the display language is particularly useful in environments where multiple users access a single computer and those users prefer different languages. You can download and install additional languages for Windows 10 to view menus, dialog boxes, and other user interface items in your preferred language.

Install a Language in Windows 10

First, sign in to Windows 10 using an administrative account. Press Windows+I to open the “Settings” window and then click “Time & Language”.

2017-02-09

Select “Region & language” on the left, and then click “Add a language” on the right.

The “Add a Language” window shows languages that are available to be installed on your PC. The languages are listed in alphabetical order according to the default Windows language. Click on the language you want to start downloading.

Back on the “Time & Language” screen, you’ll see any languages you have installed. Click a particular language and you’ll see three options underneath: “Set as default”, “Options”, “Remove”. Click “Options” and then click “Download” to download the language pack and keyboard for that language.

Change the Display Language

To change the language of the user account you are currently using, return to the “Time & Language” Settings page, select a language, and then click “Set as default.” You’ll see a notification appear under the language that reads, “Will be display language after next sign-in.” Sign out of and back into Windows, and your new display language will be set. If you want to change the language of another user account, sign in to that account first. You can set a different language for each user account.

Change the Language of Welcome Screen and New User Accounts

Applying a language pack to a user account may not necessarily change the Windows default system language used in Welcome, Sign In, Sign Out, Shutdown screens, Start menu section titles, and the built-in Administrator account.

To get all this to change as well, first make sure you’ve installed at least one additional language pack and that one user account has been set to use a different display language than the default. If the computer only has one user account, its display language must have been changed from the default.

Open Control Panel, switch it to icon view if it isn’t already, and then double-click “Region.”

On the “Administrative” tab, click the “Copy settings” button.

The window that opens lets you copy the current language to the system account, which in turn will cause everything to show up in the language you choose. You also have an option to set the current language as default for new users. Just make sure that the display language for the currently logged-in user is the one you want to use everywhere. After setting your options, click “OK,” and then restart your PC.

If you have any problems in following any steps, or want to share some tips then let us know in the comments below.

Rahul Saigal is a writer and all-around computer geek. Born in Kolkata, India, he works from home with all the geeky stuff and gadgets. When not working he loves to read, listen podcasts, and try new software. You can follow him on Twitter if you'd like.