My keyboard layout is quite messy. I study in Germany, my physical keyboard layout is German (QWERTZ), but since my program is in English, so is my OS language. In addition to that, I also quite frequently type in Russian for uni and work. (I have added Cyrillic stickers to my keyboard)

My problem is as follows: When I want to switch between keyboard layout settings, there are 4 layouts in my shortcut settings (German, German (Austrian), English, Russian), making it a pain in the ass to use hotkeys to switch. However, when I go to Settings > Time & Language > Language, there are 3 languages: English, German, Russian (No German (Austrian), which is in my shortcut).

Is there any way to remove English and German(Austrian) from the shortcut panel?

Note that the remove option for English is blacked out, going through options first leads to the same dead end.

Language Settings:

Language Settings

Language Shortcuts:

Language Shortcuts

  • You need to set some other language as a default one first and move it up, after which you can remove English. for German you need to enter Settings > Time & Language > Language and in the Options of German just remove one of 2 keyboards (you have 2 layouts for one language)
    – Hardoman
    Dec 16, 2020 at 16:46

1 Answer 1


If you cannot find these languages under PC Settings > Time & Language > Region & language > Languages, I would suggest to try the following methods.

  1. Use regedit to navigate to following registry keys, where you will find there the list of keyboards that are preloaded at oot.

HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Keyboard Layout\Preload

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Keyboard Layout\Preload

HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International\User Profile

HKEY_USERS.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International\User Profile System Backup

  1. Find the keyboard identifier among the list of Keyboard Identifiers

  2. Delete the key.

For more methods, please refer to this similar thread: How to delete a keyboard layout in Windows 10

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .