[Solid Fix] Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 7 Language Bar Missing, How to Get It Back

If you are a computer user who uses more than one language for typing or as input language, then you must be knowing the importance of language bar in task bar (notification area). Sometimes it may act strange and disappear from taskbar. This simple guide shows how to solve Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 7 Language bar missing issue on your desktop and laptop. In few cases even after enabling language bar in control panel, it will disappear on Windows 7 or Windows 8, 8.1.

You may face this issue mostly after doing Windows or other software update. Surprisingly sometimes you will see the language bar when UAC prompts for administrator elevation and it will disappear again on normal mode.

This is mainly due to fault in a startup service on specific user profile in Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1.

How to Fix Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 7 Language Bar Missing Issue

Method 1 (If you have done this already, go to method 2 straight away)-

You can add the language bar in control panel by following steps,

On Windows 7

Go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Option -> Keyboards and Languages -> press Change Keyboards.

The following dialog box will appear,

Windows 7 Language Bar Missing


Note: Language bar will be displayed either on taskbar or Desktop only if you have selected more than one language as input language.

Make sure that your second language is listed in the input language list. If not, you can add it by clicking Add button.

Still if language bar is missing in Vista or Windows 7 even after more than one languages are listed; go to ‘Language Bar’.

language bar windows 7

Here you can select the place where the language bar should appear. Make sure ‘Hidden’ is not selected. Select the appropriate option and press OK.


On Windows 8 and 8.1

It is the different you can enable and show language bar in latest Windows 8 and 8.1.

In the control panel, open Region and click on ‘Language preferences’.

Open language bar option

Click on ‘Add a language’ as shown below.

add language

You can select and add the language in the next screen. Once you have added more than one language, you will see the language bar on Windows 8, 8.1 notification area.

language bar in task bar

To change the input language quickly in Windows 8 or 8.1, you can use Windows key+Spacebar to switch between languages.

These above steps are very straight forward methods to show language bar on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. As said earlier due to a startup service issue the language bar will be missing from the OS even after enabling it.

In that case follow the below steps. This method is completely applicable for Windows 8, 8.1 too. Even though below screenshots have been taken on Windows 7, you can still safely use on latest Operating Systems.

Remember to take a backup of registry before modifying if you are not comfortable with play around in registry, because wrong modification can cause issue to Windows OS.


Method 2

This method will enable the startup service required for language bar and it will run every time when OS boots.

Go to Registry editor by typing ‘ regedit’ in Run or search box. Go to the following location,

Language Bar Missing in Vista or Windows 7


Right Click on blank space on right side, select New String Value.

vista language bar missing

Again right click on the newly created value and select modify, then type as shown below.


Windows 7 Language Bar Missing


Press OK and restart your computer. Now will get back the missing language bar in Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, 8.1.


  1. 13_Suceava says

    I have Windows 7 ultimate and I don t find how to view my language bar.
    I follow all steps from Control Panel / etc and nothing ….
    Where I can find this language bar – because I WANT to write in Romanian

  2. Vince says

    The trouble with this ‘solid fix’ is that it simply does not work. Keep looking for someone who knows what they are talking about guys.

  3. Dan says

    I’m unable to switch language input by using WIN KEY + SPACEBAR and the language indicator icon not shown at task bar. What happening? I already uninstall language package and re-install. I also recover system to previous stage but still unable to switch language…

    However, before you log in the system, the language indicator appear at log in password page and WIN KEY + SPACEBAR can used also…strange…

  4. Marianna says

    Thank you!!!!
    This worked!
    I am working on my Masters degree, doing it en francais, but, I live most of the time in English. I need access to both languages, quickly and often.
    Merci beaucoup! Having the pictures was very helpful to me.

  5. morteza says

    It works but there are still 2 problems: 1- language bar is not loaded yet although the languages are set OK without being seen in the task bar 2- chrome malfunctions when the second language is selected in case the language bar is missing.

  6. Gen says

    I would suggest for windows 8 to try the steps and check if it helps.

    a. Right click on task bar and click on Properties.
    b. Click Taskbar tab.
    c. Click on customize button for Notification Area.
    d. Click on Turn System icons on or off.
    e. Select On from the drop down menu, for input indicator.
    f. Click on Ok, again click on Ok.
    g. Now check if it helps.

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