Windows 10 is an international operating system. This OS is prepared to allow us to write in any language, and even to change the entire distribution and format of the units to any region with just a couple of clicks. This, although it is not intended for everyone, within the workplace is very important. However, at home, it can bother us a lot, especially if we are one of those who like to have all the elements ordered and organized. And one of the icons that we look for the most how to deactivate is the keyboard language selector, an icon that normally appears as ESP next to the clock.
What is the input indicator and language bar for?
This icon is automatically displayed in Windows 10 when we have configured at least two different languages in the operating system. Thanks to it we can change from one to another with a click, adjusting our OS to the needs of each moment. Thus, we can easily change the Windows language, the keyboard layout or the format of units used from the taskbar, without having to look for options within the Configuration panel of the operating system.
What happens is that this icon is not hidden automatically after deleting a language. And if we have installed a Windows that was originally, for example, in English (something that happens often in OEM computers), then we will always have this icon here. Moreover, although it appears next to the clock, it is not like the other icons, so we will not be able to move it to hide it.
If we right-click on it we can see the context menu of the taskbar, but nothing on this icon, so we cannot hide it like that. If we want the ESP icon to stop appearing next to the clock, we have to follow the following steps.
Hide the language selector from the Windows 10 taskbar
If this indicator has not appeared before, we have nothing to worry about. However, it could appear at any time due to a change in Windows settings. And, if it does, we are surely wondering how to disable it.
To hide this language indicator, we must go to the Windows 10 Settings menu. Specifically, to the Personalization section .
As this item appears on the Windows task bar, the next step will be to select the ” Task bar ” option from the menu on the left . We will see a fairly extensive list of options related to the customization of this element. The one that interests us is a link called ” Enable or disable system icons “.
Here we can see a list with all the Windows icons that appear on the desktop taskbar. Specifically next to the clock. The one that interests us is the ” Input indicator “, and what we have to do is mark it as “Off”.
As soon as you change the position switch we can see how the icon disappears. From now on we will no longer see this Windows language selector, nor the ESP text next to the clock. At last we will have the taskbar clean and tidy.
Choose which icons appear on the taskbar
Taking advantage of the fact that we are here, we are going to see how we can choose which icons we want to appear in the system tray, always visible, and which we prefer to be hidden. From the previous screen, we must go back a step, to the customization options of the taskbar. Once here, we will select the option that is just above the previous one, that of « Select the icons that will appear on the taskbar «.
Here we will find a switch at the top that will allow us to choose if we want some of the icons to be hidden, or if we want to show them all. With the switch off we can choose which icons we want to appear, and which we want to hide.
Next, the only thing left to do is select, one by one, those that we want to appear and those that we want to be hidden. So we can have the taskbar much more orderly and organized, leaving only what interests us in view (such as the network, antivirus or sound) and keeping everything else hidden, but at hand.
Change the language with a keyboard shortcut
Depending on the job, or the personal needs of each user, it may happen that we need to switch between several languages when writing. What happens is that the ESP icon (USA, or whatever language) on the taskbar can be annoying.
If we want to have this icon hidden, but we want to be able to change languages quickly, we must resort to one of Windows’ secret keyboard shortcuts: Win + Space.
When you press this keyboard shortcut, Windows will automatically change the system input language to the following one. And when you press it again, the next, until you complete the list of languages. When we reach the end, and press it again, we will return to the beginning. So we can have the input languages of the PC at hand without having to have the icon in sight.