I can't find a way to hide this "ENG" icon in Windows 10 (I could with 8.1). Is it even possible?

  • On my computer, this indicates the keyboard in action rather than the proofing language. Commented Mar 18, 2021 at 17:25

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This method is for older versions of Windows 10 - See the below answer by Anders_K for new versions.

When I do it in my Virtual Machine it is the same method as my Windows 8.1 machine.

Control panel location: Control Panel\Clock, Language and Region\Language\Advanced settings > Options > Hidden [Check]

Update: If the above does not work - Try the path Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Language and advanced options will be on the left.

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    Windows 10 doesn't seem to have that anymore. Did it move? -- Using 1803. Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 5:51
  • I still see it, the path may be Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Language Commented Aug 1, 2018 at 9:42
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    It seems also crucial (though counter-intuitive) that Use the desktop language bar when it's available is checked.
    – mpy
    Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 7:44

Search for

Turn system icons on or off

It should come right up.

MS you are so annoying...

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    This worked for me, all the other tips must be for some old version of windows or some other case...
    – Cyberwiz
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 14:17
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    Input indicator was off - I turned it on, it still isn't showing.
    – niico
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 7:44
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    this should be the answer, for newer devices
    – juntapao
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 1:49
  • Works for me! Does MS revert this setting after doing a Windows update as they seem to do with the other fix that worked?
    – tbone
    Commented Aug 18, 2019 at 1:25

I had a similar issue recently, this is what I did to get rid of the language bar & input indicator.

  1. open Start -> Settings -> Time & Language -> Additional date, time & regional settings -> Advanced Settings. There you have to uncheck Use the desktop language bar when it's available

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  1. then go to Start -> Settings -> System -> Notifications & actions -> turn system icons on or off. There you have to switch Input Indicator to Off

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    Part 2 doesn't seem to be in the place described any more in the latest version of Windows 10, but entering "icon" into the search box finds the page shown.
    – U62
    Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 9:44
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    Funny! I have to check "Use the desktop language bar when it's available" to make it go away.
    – Banzai
    Commented Apr 23, 2018 at 12:58
  • Input indicator was off - I turned it on, it still isn't showing....
    – niico
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 7:45

Neither of the above two answers worked for me, so I am adding this in case it helps someone in the future:

After having the language bar disabled and multiple input languages removed from my computer a long time ago, the "ENG" recently reappeared on my taskbar. I tried multiple methods of fixing it, but they were all already set to the correct values, which I had set long ago.

When I clicked on "ENG" I would get a list of two input languages, in my case "English (Canada)" and "English (United States)"

I only wanted English (Canada), and either way I don't want another icon on my taskbar. The confusing part was I couldn't figure out why it was there.

When I went to Control Panel -> Region & Languages, under Languages I only had English (Canada) listed. Like I said, all settings were already at the correct values. I don't know where the English (United States) was coming from.

What finally fixed the problem was in that same Languages page, there's a button "Add a language". So I did, I added English (United States). Then once it was added, I removed it.

Now the "ENG" bar is gone and everything seems to be back to normal. So if you're having problems, try just temporarily adding the language you don't want, and then removing it. Worked for me.

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    Thanks, this approach worked for me too. All the other suggested methods worked but only temporarily, as the language icon would always show up in the tray after some time, for no apparent reason. So adding and then immediately removing the languages (and keyboard configurations!) shown in the language icon's pop up menu got rid of the icon once again, but I suspect (fingers crossed) that this time it won't come back. Commented Dec 13, 2017 at 23:57
  • Unfortunately, I can confirm that it does still come back, for me at least. Oddly enough it seems to go away when I reboot though. I have no idea. This is still the simpleest fix I've for getting rid of it temporarily though. I just wish it would be permanent... thanks Windows 10. sigh
    – cecilkorik
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 5:24
  • Yep, it did come back again after a while... :-/ Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 13:06
  • I've heard elsewhere that the "English (United States)" keyboard is either something to do with the languages set up in Microsoft Office, or is added for compatibility with older programs. I'm not sure if that's correct though.
    – user487867
    Commented Jan 24, 2018 at 9:43
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    Aaaaaand, it happened again, and this fixed worked again.
    – tbone
    Commented Apr 18, 2019 at 16:36

There seems to be 2 type of LANGUAGE icons in windows 10 at least, one is the one we were used to in Windows 7, and you could hide it right clicking it and changing the checkboxes.

In Windows 10 (I have Microsoft Windows v10.0.15063.502), this one

New W10 Icon

is hidden by entering Taskbar Settings, then under Notification Area select "Turn system icons on or off" , then switch "Input Indicator" off:


The old one

Old Lang Icon

is hidden by going to "Control Panel\Language\Advanced settings", and under "switching input methods" select options at the right of the "Use desktop language bar when it's available" line and hide it from there, if you click "Change language bar hot keys" link on the left instead of the right Options link you will be shown with the same window but nothing here had any effect on my taskbar icon whatsoever:



This appears to be a bug in the latest version of Windows 10. To hide the language bar, you have to turn it ON, then go to Options and Hide it:

Control Panel || Clock, Language, and Region || Language || Advanced settings

(If you have the full Control Panel showing, click on Language || Advanced Settings)

Check "Use the language bar when available". Click Options. Select "Hidden".

This is counter-intuitive, I know, because if you UNCHECK "use the language bar when available", that makes it show on the task bar. That's why I think this is a bug.

You can also get to that screen by going to:

  1. Settings
  2. Time & Language (which is titled "Date and Time" at the top of the screen for some bizarre reason)
  3. Additional time, date, & regional settings (on the far right)
  4. Language
  5. Advanced Settings

ps. One of the annoying things about Windows 10 is Microsoft has created this new Settings screen but also left the Control Panel. Both of those screens are portals to nearly the same sets of settings, but in totally different paths and with totally different looks. This can be very confusing to new users.

  • Nice Answer ! Please keep sharing your knowledge, the site improves from contributions like yours ! Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 12:24
  • Only this answer worked here. Windows 10 update 1709 introduced several nasty bugs, and this is one of them.
    – RafaelLVX
    Commented Feb 4, 2018 at 21:30
  • WIndows 10 1909... If I click Windows key+space it shows English (UK) and English (USA) despote English USA not being installed. I couldn't get rid of the EN in the taskbar. So installed English USA and when it was installed I Removed it and the EN disappeared.
    – derekcohen
    Commented Feb 15, 2020 at 17:06

If you do not use multiple languages, you can also remove the languages other than your primary language. That also hides the ENG language selection icon.

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  • Yes, this is the way Windows should work, and users should try this method first, but some have found that the language bar sometimes decides to reappear even when you only have a single language installed. So sometimes other methods are necessary.
    – Simon E.
    Commented Dec 7, 2020 at 8:37

Region & Language> Additional date, time & regional settings>Change Input Method

if you have the Canadian Language pack selected, add the US pack then move down the Canadian one and then you can remove that pack and the ENG will disappear! felt so go to see it vanish.


A lot of times the situation can be confused by the installation language of Windows. A lot of OEM installs are based on US English but installed on systems intended for other markets.

The OEMs use language pack installs to add regional settings for their intended markets and set the relevant defaults etc. but often don't bother to remove the unwanted/unnecessary language packs, so it is worthwhile checking that only one keyboard language is installed on a system before further investigation.


I wanted to turn it off programmatically in Windows 10 1909. but toggling the UI setting and checking the changes with Process Monitor didn't lead me anywhere.

The process that worked for me was enabling the (legacy) Language Bar, which if done via UI turns off the Input Indicator, and then setting it to Hidden.

The Language Bar setting is stored in HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\UserPreferencesMask in the 6th byte (00 off, 01 on), but simply setting that value doesn't cause the Input Indicator to be hidden. Fortunately, there's the PowerShell cmdlet Set-WinLanguageBarOption that does the same as the UI.

Sample batch script:

:: First, activate the Language Bar
powershell "Set-WinLanguageBarOption -UseLegacyLanguageBar"
:: Second, set the Language Bar to Hidden
reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\CTF\LangBar" /v ShowStatus /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

Might need to kill explorer.exe or logoff to apply changes.


After an update, the ENG reappeared in my taskbar.

This time, I found that changing the 'system locale for non-unicode programs' to my region of ENG (UK) and rebooting has made it go away.

As I write, this setting is found in Control Panel / Clock & Region / Region / (Administrative tab).


Turning Off the "Input Indicator" from "Turn system icons on or off" seems to be the only working option, all other are useless and really seems to be a Bug of the latest upgrade.

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    How does this differ from the existing answer from June 2018?
    – Ramhound
    Commented Feb 5, 2019 at 10:54

imply right click the ENG in the notifications bar.

You will probably see more than one language eg British and US.

Remove the one(s) you don't want.

If there is only one left it won't show

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