I noticed that when I turn off some of the the language input indicator in the system icons / notifications area, it doesn't save the state and turns back on on restart. Is this a known issue? What could be causing this?

Specifically what I'm referring to:

  • In notifications area, click the small arrow
  • Click Customize
  • Click "Turn system icons on or off"

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I noticed a comment here says the change is for the session only. Why would that be intended behavior...?

How else can I turn the language input indicator off permanently? (It takes an awful lot of space).


Try this:

  1. Go to Control Panel → Clock, Language, and Region → Language → Advanced Settings

  2. Under "Switching Input Methods" make sure that "Use the desktop language bar when it's available" is checked

  3. Click the Options link to its right. A new window should pop up.

  4. Go to the "Language Bar" tab and set "Language Bar" to Hidden

  5. Finally hit OK and Save

  • This seems to do the trick - Enable as Hidden. – mtone Apr 1 '13 at 13:08

Turning them off isn't session only and (for me) it stays off unless I change it back.

Maybe there is something else that is turning on your input indicator icon?

  • Interesting, I wonder what would that be. On my initial install, everything(metro apps, web page redirects, etc.) ended up in French, so I messed with settings around a bit to change it back to English (I only wanted French keyboard and French date/time formats like I'm used to in Win7). Languages are fixed, but this thing can't stay off. Hope I can figure it out without having to reinstall. – mtone Oct 31 '12 at 15:35

As far as I remember, they fixed the "only save for this session" thing in Windows 7. If you want to get rid of it, go to Control Panel > Languages (sorry, not at a Windows PC at the moment) and delete all other languages except for your current one. If I remember rightly, there's an option there to hide the taskbar indicator off too.

  • I've already deleted extra languages (there's only one big row in Languages with the "Options" button), but I've kept 2 keyboard input languages which I need. – mtone Oct 31 '12 at 15:38
  • Try turning it off from System Notifications again, then restarting immediately. – Hassan Khan Nov 1 '12 at 14:11
  • Just tried that, didn't solve it. – mtone Nov 9 '12 at 23:57

Not sure what fixed it, but after going through most language preferences and changing settings back and forth (language override, show/hide language bar, etc.) it doesn't show up anymore on boot.

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