Getting Rid Of The Language Bar (Windows XP)

Posted August 29, 2008 9:07 am by with 5 comments

Admittedly this information is old, however I had to reinstall XP on a laptop recently and after updating it with SP3 and whatever other patch/fix I needed to install, the Language Bar appeared in the taskbar.

It’s a safe assumption to say the vast majority of Windows users have absolutely no use for this – myself included. So here’s how to get rid of it.

Go to the Control Panel.

Click the Regional and Language Options icon.

Click the Languages tab. You see this:

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Click the Details button.

You see this:

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Click the Language Bar button at the bottom.

You see this:

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Uncheck Show the Language bar on the desktop.

And that’s it.

5 responses to Getting Rid Of The Language Bar (Windows XP)

  1. perkster August 29th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Im pretty sure last time I did this I simply right clicked on the language bar and told it to go away for same effect with a lot less clicks.

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    • Rich Menga August 29th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

      Not a permanent solution. It will keep coming back unless you dig into the Control Panel and remove it as outlined above.

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  2. M Hotveye December 13th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Great info, been dealing with this language bar forever.

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  3. Jonah Bron May 11th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks! This has been torturing me for ever.

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  4. Groboski FDR June 27th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Microsoft may be out to please the world (or own it) but a simple tweak like customizing (or eliminating) the language bar won't be in any installation package put out by uSoft. Thanks PCMech for the tweak.
    FDRG

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