How to Change the System Language on Windows 10

Switch the language to or from English

What to Know

  • Go to Settings > Time & Language > Language > Add a language > search for and select language, then follow the on-screen prompts.
  • To stop syncing language settings across devices, go to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings, and toggle off Language preferences.
  • To change your region, go to Settings > Time & Language > Region > select your region, and follow on-screen prompts.

This article explains how to install a language, access language sync settings, and change your region on Windows 10.

How to Install a Language in Windows 10

To change the system default language, close all running applications first, and be sure to save your work. If you want to change the language only for one device, turn off language syncing first (see below for instructions).

  1. Open Settings.

    Installing a language in Windows 10.
  2. Click Time & Language.

    Installing a language in Windows 10.
  3. Click Language.

    Installing a language in Windows 10.
  4. Click the plus sign next to Add a preferred language in the Preferred languages section. 

    Installing a language in Windows 10.
  5. Search for your language or country name and select yours from the results.

    Installing a language in Windows 10.
  6. Click Next.

    Installing a language in Windows 10.
  7. Make sure there’s a check next to Install language pack and Set as my display language. Optionally, check off Speech recognition, Text-to-speech, and Handwriting. Then click Install.

    Installing a language in Windows 10.
  8. Click Yes, sign out now on the Windows alert.

    Installing a language in Windows 10.
  9. When you sign back in, you’ll see the new system language in all Microsoft programs, including system settings and software like Word.

    Installing a language in Windows 10.

    To switch languages, go to the Languages settings page, open the drop-down menu, and select another language.

How to Disable Language Sync in Windows 10

If you want the language change to sync to other devices, you can skip this section. (Language syncing is on by default.)

  1. Open Settings.

    Disabling language sync in Windows 10.
  2. Click Accounts.

    Disabling language sync in Windows 10.
  3. Click Sync your settings.

    Disabling language sync in Windows 10.
  4. Toggle off Language preferences.

    Disabling language sync in Windows 10.

How to Change Region Settings if You’ve Relocated

If you’re changing the Windows 10 system language because you’ve relocated, you should also change the region settings. When you do this, you can change the default currency, adjust the date and time format, and more. The Microsoft Store will also reflect local options.

  1. Open Settings.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  2. Click Time & Language.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  3. Click Region.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  4. Select a country or region from the drop-down menu at the top.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  5. Select a regional format from the second drop-down menu if it doesn’t autofill.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  6. Click Change date formats in the Regional format section to choose a calendar type and a date and time format. 

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.

    After you change the regional format, the Settings app will switch to the associated language. In this example, it's Brazilian Portuguese, so it says Change data formats.

  7. When you’ve finished making changes, hit the back arrow.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  8. Click Additional date, time, & regional settings.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  9. Click Region.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  10. Go to the Administrative tab and click Change system locale under Language for non-Unicode programs. 

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  11. Select a language from the drop-down menu and click OK.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  12. Click Cancel.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  13. Click Copy settings.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  14. Check Welcome screen and system accounts and New user accounts.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  15. Click OK.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  16. Click Close.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.
  17. Click Restart now (you can also hit Cancel and restart later if you prefer) to save your new region settings.

    Changing region settings in Windows 10.