This post shows students and new users steps to install a language pack in Windows 11. Windows allows users to install language packs with few clicks. When they do, Windows uses the installed language packs for Windows features like Settings and File Explorer.
If a language is listed under Preferred languages but doesn’t appear on the Windows display language list, you’ll first need to download and install its language pack (if it’s available). The steps below show you how to install a language pack in Windows 11.
Once you install additional language packs, Windows uses them to add to your list of Windows display languages. Language packs can include features to support text-to-speech, speech recognition, handwriting, keyboard, optical character recognition and more.
How to add language packs to Windows 11
As mentioned above, Windows uses your preferred language packs for Windows features like Settings and File Explorer. If a language is listed under Preferred languages but doesn’t appear on the Windows display language list, you’ll first need to install its language pack (if it’s available).
Below is how to add a language pack to Windows 11
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Time & language, then on the right pane, and select the Language & region tile to expand it.
On the Language & region settings pane, under Language, select the Preferred languages tile, and click the Add a language button as highlighted below.
Next, choose a language to install from the list of available languages, and click Next to continue.
Next, select optional language features and/or preferences you want to install with your preferred language and click the Install button.
Wait for your preferred language pack and optional features to be downloaded and install for your account profile.
If you did not select the optional language pack feature above, here’s now to download and install it. Back on the Language & region settings pane, under Preferred languages, locate the language you want to install its language packs.
Then, select on the Options (ellipses) for the language, and click on Language options.
Under Language features, click on Download to download the language pack for the preferred language you installed.
That should do it! You have successfully installed a language pack in Windows 11. Under the Preferred languages tile, you’ll see all the installed languages available to be used with your account.
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