I have just updated to Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803 / 17134.1)

I had my laptop configured completely as UK with only a UK keyboard layout

Since the update, a US keyboard has been added so I now see the switch icon in my task bar

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It appears that all the keyboard language settings are now migrated to the new Settings app and no longer in the old Control Panel

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However, as can be seen from the screenshot above, the Remove button under the newly added US layout is greyed out (as is the UK one)

How can I remove the US layout?

UPDATE 1: I just updated my desktop and it hasn't added a US keyboard!

UPDATE 2: I added a third language (French) and was able to remove it, the button was enabled. The US remove button remained disabled both after adding French and after removing it.

UPDATE 3: I added another English language (Australian) and this cannot be removed! Button is disabled

UPDATE 4: I followed this answer except I removed the values from the keys for all users and also the values under the Substitutions key. The task bar switch icon is gone but I still have all 3 languages in Settings still

  • Have you tried to override it from the Advanced keyboard settings? - you can get to it under Region & language – arieljannai May 1 at 11:44
  • @arieljannai the override is set to UK but that does not enable the remove buttons – Shevek May 1 at 11:46
up vote 23 down vote accepted

Finally found a solution using PowerShell.

You can view your language list with Get-WinUserLanguageList

$1 = New-WinUserLanguageList en-US
Set-WinUserLanguageList $1

now you can check again your new language list with Get-WinUserLanguageList Logoff, Reboot. After rebooting you can add another languages if needed.

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    I used $1 = New-WinUserLanguageList en-GB for my UK keyboard, it worked! As usual, Micro$oft are migrating stuff but not doing it properly. Thankfully PS is still there using the same background APIs – Shevek May 4 at 11:01

Just trying to improve naduvko's answer.

You can directly specify the entire list of languages when running the PowerShell script.

Like this:

$1=New-WinUserLanguageList en-US
$1.Add("nl-NL")
$1.Add("de-DE")
Set-WinUserLanguageList $1

The first one (en-US in this example) will be the default.

Adjust as needed.

(Yes, it's ridiculous that we need to program PowerShell to modify the fricken input languages)

On my Windows (Version 10.0.16299.371) I have a Set as default button that seems to be replaced with the arrows in your interface. Try to make the UK the default. That would unlock US for removal.

  • I was looking for that but it's no longer there after the update. – Shevek May 1 at 10:06
  • So what the arrows are there for? – edixon May 1 at 10:15
  • To set precedence – Shevek May 1 at 10:23
  • 10.0.16299 is the build number of Windows 10 version 1709, which is not even the subject of this question. – user477799 May 27 at 12:37

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