Fix Missing Language bar from Taskbar in Windows 10 / 11

The language bar in the Taskbar is an essential feature for any user who uses their computer to input in any language other than English, where they can change the input language just by tweaking the settings from the Taskbar. But sometimes the Language bar can be missing in the taskbar due to some registry errors or due to some corrupted files on your drive. If you are facing this issue on your computer, don’t worry. We have some fixes for you which will solve the problem for you. But before moving ahead for the solutions, attempt these initial workarounds which will help you out.


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Initial Workarounds

1. If you are facing this problem for the first time on your computer, Restart your computer and after rebooting check if you are having the same problem again or not.

2. Check if any updates are pending for Windows 10 on your device. If any of the updates are pending, update your Windows.

3. Right click on Taskbar and Select Show Touch Keyboard button so that a tick appears. For Windows 11 , Right click on Taskbar and then click on Taskbar and then click on Taskbar settings and Turn on Touch keyboard.

If still, you are unable to discover the Language bar in Taskbar go for these solutions-

Fix 1 – End all Microsoft IME tasks from Task manager

1 – Press CTRL + Shift +Esc keys together from your keyboard and open Task manager.

2 – Now, locate all Microsoft IME tasks and right click and end them.

Fix 2 – Run Ctfmon.exe from windows search box directly

1 – Go to Windows search bar and then search ctfmon.exe

2 – Now, click on the ctfmon.exe icon which appears in the search result.

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After that, Try again.

Fix 3 – Set Touch keyboard service to Automatic

1 – Search Services in Windows search box.

2 – Now, Click on services icon to open service manager.

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3 – Now, Locate Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service in Service manager.

4 – Click on start to start the service. Also, set the startup type to Automatic and then click on Apply and OK.

5 – Restart your PC.

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Fix-4 Enable Language bar from Settings-

You can enable the language bar manually from the Settings menu on your device. Follow these steps to enable language bar-

1. Click on the search box, beside the Windows Icon, and type “language bar” and then click on “Use the desktop language bar when it’s available“.

 

Language Bar

 

2. Now, in the Settings window, check the option, “Use the desktop language bar when it’s available“.

 

Language Bar Settings

 

 

Note: – If it is already selected, try to uncheck it and see if it works.

3. Now, just below this , click on Language bar options.

4. Choose Docked in the taskbar option.

 

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Close Settings window.

Check on the desktop if you can find the language bar.

 

Fix-5 Re-enable Language bar with Registry Editor

You can re-enable the Language bar just by adding value to the registry in the Registry Editor. Follow these steps to re-enable the Language bar with Registry Editor.
But before moving on to the steps, you should create a system restore point on your computer. In case if something goes wrong you can perform a system restore on your device.

1. The Run window can be opened by pressing the Windows key and the “R” keys together.

2. After opening it, type “Regedit“. Finally, click on “OK“.

 

Regedit

 

3. Now, on the left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to this location-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

 

Reg Run

 

4. In the right side , right click on any empty space and click on new and then create a new String Value.

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4. Now, click on “New Value #1” and rename it as “CTFMON“.

5. Now, double click on “CTFMON

6. copy and paste this path under the option “Value Data:“.

"ctfmon"="CTFMON.EXE"

7. Finally, Click on “OK” to complete the process.

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Close Registry Editor window.

Now, reboot your computer. After rebooting your computer check if you can locate the Language bar right corner side of the Taskbar.

Fix-6 Run Sfc and Chkdsk through Command Prompt

Sometimes some corrupt files or system errors on the hard drive can disappear the Language bar from the Taskbar. To check for the corrupt Windows files and system run an SFC scan along with check disk.

1. In the Search box, type “cmd“.

2. Now, what you need to do is right-click on “cmd” and then click on “Run as administrator“.

 

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2. Type  sfc /scannow in the Command Prompt window and hit Enter.

 


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Sfcscan

 

[NOTE

If only the above-mentioned command didn’t work out for you, try this command-

Type sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows and hit Enter.

 

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4. Type CHKDSK /f /r and hit Enter.  Press Y and hit Enter.  The disk checkup will be done at the time of the next reboot of your computer.

 


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Chkdsk

 

Restart your computer.

After rebooting your computer check if you can find the language bar on the taskbar. If the problem is still there, then go for the next fix.

 

Fix-7 Change settings in Text Services and Input Languages

You can change the settings of the Language bar from Settings which can solve your problem.

1. At first, you will need to click on the Search box and type “language bar“.

2. Then, click on “Use the desktop language bar when it’s available“.

 

Language Bar

 

2. Now, in the Settings window, check the option, “Use the desktop language bar when it’s available” and then click on “Language bar options“.

 

Language Bar Additional

 

3. Now, in the Text Services and Input Languages window, click on “Docked in the taskbar” and check the settings “Show additional Language bar icons in the taskbar” and “Show text labels on the Language bar“. Now, click on “Apply” and “OK” to save the settings on your computer.

 

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Close the Settings window. Reboot your computer and check after rebooting check if you can discover the language bar in the Taskbar.

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10 thoughts on “Fix Missing Language bar from Taskbar in Windows 10 / 11”

  1. None of the methods above work. I found a solution by checking the “Services” and solved my problem by changing the “Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service” startup type to “Automatic”. It is working fine now after restarting my PC. It seems ending the “Microsoft IME” task won’t fix the problem, the language bar does appear but changing the keyboard languages doesn’t work as I can’t type other languages than English.

  2. A solution work for me,is right clck on taskbar,select show touch keyboard and then the language bar will appear!!!

  3. The solution of ending a “Microsoft IME” task in the taskbar worked for me as well, after trying many other alleged fixes. I think this solution should be listed first in any article on this topic. Thank you, Molly.

  4. Ending the “microsoft IME” task in the task manager is what fixed it for me, too. I have been trying to fix this for months. Thanks Molly.

  5. Hi I tried all of the methods and none of them worked,
    However I tried ending all of the Microsoft IME tasks from Task Manager and the language bar reappeared.

  6. Hi, Thank you for the technic sharing, but all the methods failed on my PC, I tried the Fix-3 Command Prompt method but it stopped on step 3, the Command Prompt told me Arguments are not valid. And all other methods failed to show the language bar on task bar.
    I’m using Windows 10 ver. 19041.329.

  7. thank you for the solution, first and three didnt work, working on the 2nd one, i hope it does, my Language bar appears and dissappears, i really needed to change the language to work but it didnt work, thanks for the solution.

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