How to install additional languages ​​in Windows 10 (and switch between them).

Since its inception, Windows has allowed us easily change the language of input methods, such as the keyboard, or freehand speech and text recognition. In addition, in newer versions it is also possible to easily change the system interface languagejust by downloading a language pack.

In Windows 10 all these options are still present, and in fact using them is easier than before thanks to the new interface of the Settings app. Even so, there are still users who do not know how to adjust the language of the operating system and related options, so for them we dedicate this little step by step guide that explains all the particularities of language management in Windows 10.

How to change the interface language, keyboard, voice and handwriting recognition

First of all we must go to the Settings application, and within it to the Time and language> Region and language section. Once there we will see 2 groups of options:

How to install additional languages ​​in Windows 10 (and switch between them)
  • country and region: Defines the type of regional content that we can access. Changing this option will not change the language of the Windows interface or that of the input methods, but it can allow us to access special content that is not available in our country (for example, Cortana, Groove Music Pass, movies and series of TV in the store, etc.).

  • Languages: This is the section that interests us. Here we can see which languages ​​are currently installed, and what options are active for each of them.

    How to install additional languages ​​in Windows 10 (and switch between them)

For each language, the options that can be downloaded and activated are as follows:

  • Language to show
  • spell check
  • Handwritten text recognition
  • Keyboard
  • Speech recognition

Note: Some rare languages ​​do not offer all of these options.

How to install additional languages ​​in Windows 10 (and switch between them)

To add a new language, simply press the button “+ Add a language” in the aforementioned section. Then the language to add is chosen, with which it should already appear in the list of available languages ​​in the Settings app.

However, there are still additional steps to download the package and activate its options:

How to install additional languages ​​in Windows 10 (and switch between them)
  • First you have to select the language in the list and press the “Options” button.
  • In the language options window we will probably see that the options of spelling and text recognition are already downloading automatically. The language keyboard layout should also be immediately available.
  • However, the options speech recognition and language pack for the Windows interface they are not downloaded immediately. If we want to use them, we must press the respective “Download” buttons.

  • Once these last 2 options are downloaded, we can activate the voice recognition of the new language by going to Settings> Time and language> Voice.

  • Finally, to change the language of the Windows interface, go back to Settings > Time and language > Region and language, then select the language that we want to activate and press the “Set as default” button.

To make effective the use of a new language in the Windows interface, it is necessary close our session and reopen it. With this, the system will show us all the buttons and menus using the new selected language:

How to install additional languages ​​in Windows 10 (and switch between them)