If the language icon on the taskbar is not to your liking, follow the steps shown below to quickly remove or hide the language icon on Windows 10 taskbar.
When you install multiple languages, Windows installs additional keyboard layouts automatically, depending on the language. For example, If you install the Japanese language pack, Windows installs the required keyboard layout automatically. This allows you to type in the said language. When there are multiple keyboards layouts, Windows shows a small icon on the taskbar. This icon is called a language bar icon. It allows you to switch between different keyboard layouts. For example, I have four keyboard layouts and switch between them depending on my use case and requirement.
Though the language icon is helpful in switching between keyboard layouts, you can remove it if you don't like it or if it is taking too much space on the taskbar.
In this quick and simple guide, let me share with you the steps to hide the language icon on the taskbar in Windows 10.
Hide Language Icon using Taskbar Icon Settings
The language bar icon on the taskbar is considered a system icon. As such, you can easily hide it via the taskbar settings. Here are the steps you should follow.
- Open Settings with the "Windows Key + I" keyboard shortcut.
- Go to the "Personalization" page.
- In the personalization page, click on the "Taskbar" tab on the left panel.
- Click "Turn system icons on or off" under the "Notification Area" section.
- Turn off the "Input Indicator" option.
- Changes are saved automatically.
- Close the Settings app.
That is it. You've successfully removed the language icon from the taskbar in Windows 10.
- Right-click on the taskbar.
- Select "Taskbar settings".
- Click "Turn system icons on or off" on the right page.
- Turn off "Input Indicator".
Disable Keyboard Layout Shortcut
If you are not using the multiple keyboard layout shortcut, it is better to disable the language switching shortcut. Otherwise, it is pretty easy to trigger the unwanted keyboard layout change.
- Open Settings.
- Go to "Devices".
- Select "Typing" on the left panel.
- Scroll down in the right page and click "Advanced Keyboard Settings" link
- Click the "Input language hotkeys" link on this page.
- Click the "Change key sequence" button.
- Select the "Not Assigned" option under the "Switch keyboard layout" section.
- Click "Ok".
- Click "Apply" and "Ok".
- Close Settings.
That is it. You've disabled the keyboard layout switching keyboard shortcut in Windows 10.
Do keep in mind that this is completely optional. Only do this if you don't want to switch keyboard layouts with a keyboard shortcut. If you are frequently switching between layouts then the keyboard shortcut is pretty helpful. If needed, you can change the keyboard layout change shortcut rather than completely disabling it.
That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.