Windows 10, 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, then you must be knowing the importance of language bar in the taskbar (notification area). Sometimes it may act strange and disappear from taskbar. This simple guide shows how to solve Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Language bar missing issue on your desktop and laptop computers. In few cases even after enabling language bar in control panel, it will not appear properly in 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, and Windows 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

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

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 the language bar is missing in Windows 7 even after more than one languages are listed; go to ‘Language Bar’ option to verify few settings.

More options

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

Enabling the language bar is different in Windows 8.1 and 10. Here are the ways.

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

In the next screen, you can select and add additional languages. Once you have added more than one language, you will see the language bar on the Windows 8.1 notification area as shown below.

Added bar

To change the input language quickly in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you can use Windows key+Spacebar to switch between languages.

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

In that case, follow the below steps. This method is completely applicable for Windows 8, 8.1/10 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 the registry before modifying if you are not comfortable in making changes in registry because wrong modification can cause an 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,

registry editor windows 10

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

New registry key

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

“ctfmon”=”CTFMON.EXE”

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 10, 8.1.

131 thoughts on “Windows 10, 8.1 and Windows 7 Language Bar Missing, How to Get It Back”

  1. Thank you so very much for posting this! This helped out a lot. I FINALLY can type in Japanese and English. I tried for two days to figure out how to fix the issue.

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