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How To Change Your Location & Language Settings On Windows 10

Region and location settings are important when you set up Windows 10. They determine the default keyboard layout that will be used and the language of the OS. Both the keyboard layout and the language are set manually during the set up so there shouldn’t be much to worry about except this is Windows 10 so the settings don’t always stick. A feature update may force Windows 10 to use your location for both language and keyboard settings. In this case, you may need to change your location & language settings on Windows 10.

We should mention that your regional settings also dictate which country the Microsoft Store app uses which in turn will decide the currency that’s used and the address field options you see when you add a billing address.

Location & Language Settings

If you’re happy with the regional settings i.e., the country is correct but you don’t need the keyboard and the language to match it, you can change both keyboard layout and the language but leave the country option as it is. If the country is incorrect, you can change that too.

Open the Settings app and go to the Time & Language group of settings. Go to the Region & language tab. Here, you can change your country if you need to. If the country is correct, but Windows 10 is in the wrong language, select the correct one from the Windows display language dropdown. You may have to download the language but the Settings app takes care of that for you.

Once you’re done, make sure you remove the language you don’t intend to use.

Next, you may have to change the keyboard layout. The keyboard layout normally follows the country settings. If you changed your country in the previous step, it will not impact the keyboard layout. If the keyboard layout is incorrect to begin with, you need to change it.

On the  same Region & language tab, select the language you have under ‘Preferred language’, and click the Options button. This will take you to the Keyboard layout screen.

You can see what keyboard layout is enabled, and you can add a different one if it’s not correct. Once you’ve added the correct layout, remove the one you don’t plan to use.

If you’re having trouble figuring out which keyboard layout to add, you can Google which one is used in your region, or the region you’re trying to target.

Again, if you’ve changed the country, be careful the next time you make a purchase from the Microsoft store. Double-check your payment information.

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