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Windows XP System Tray: Disable the Language Bar

XP Language Bar

If you’re still running Windows XP, one annoyance is the Language Bar icon that appears in the System Tray. Here’s a quick tip on how to remove it.

The Windows Xp Language Bar is for speech and handwriting recognition — and for Input Method Editor applications. If you don’t use any of those features, make it disappear for good. Here’s how.

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Click the down arrow next to the question mark icon to pull up Options. Then select Settings.

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The Text Services and Input Languages window opens. Under Preferences, click Language Bar.

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Next, in the Language Bar Settings window, uncheck Show the Language Bar on the Desktop. Click OK.

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Click OK again to close out of the Text Services and Input Languages window.

Voila. No more Language Bar icon on the System Tray, even if you reboot.

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To get it back, right click the System Tray. Go to Toolbars >> Language Bar.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Simple but sweet. I do this as a matter of course for home user customers (after asking) – have never found anyone that actually uses it!

  2. Brian Burgess  

    @TechLogon: I agree. It’s rare that I use an XP machine anymore, unless helping friends or family.
    That’s the first thing I disable. It’s just annoying and I like a clean Taskbar

  3. Lucky you are the English-only speaking people. This Language bar is a must if you need to type anything more than English, especially in non-Latin alphabet languages. I cannot disable it completely, however I do remove the Help icon if it’s there (usually it’s hidden).

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