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How to restore the missing language bar

How to restore the missing language bar
How to restore the missing language bar
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Many Windows 7 users are faced with an unpleasant glitch that causes the disappearance of the language bar from the taskbar, and the standard tools of the system fail to restore the layout indicator. In this case, a minor intervention into the registry can help.

First, you need to run the "Registry Editor": in the search bar of the "Start" menu enter "regedit.exe" and press "Enter".

In the editor window that opens, you need to find the branch:


And check for the string parameter "CTFMon", the meaning of which is specified - "C:\Windows\system32\ctfmon.exe".

If this parameter is not present, it must be created: by right-clicking on the branch "Run" (folder) open the context menu, select: New → String Value, specify the name "CTFMon" given above, then by double-clicking the parameter open a window of input value, type - "C:\Windows\system32\ctfmon.exe", click OK and restart your computer.


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Discussion (total 48 comments)

March 07, 2013 at 12:02 pm
Thanks, it works for me. best regards!
March 26, 2013 at 10:51 am

Tell me about Windows7 64Bit please.
How to restore the missing language bar?
Administrator User
Administrator User
April 03, 2013 at 02:48 am
Sorry, I can't replicate such a problem on my OS (64 bit) to have a possibility to find a solution. I suggest you to try to install a free third-party software which can switch languages. And send a message to us if it works. I think it's better than nothing.
May 20, 2013 at 10:37 pm
After all above is done, without restarting your computer do the following:
In the search bar of the "Start" menu enter ctfmon.exe and press Enter.
Than simply run it by clicking on this file. No PC restart needed.
May 29, 2013 at 12:50 am
Thank to
July 22, 2013 at 01:04 pm
Amazing solution! I've solved mine, thanks a lot!
Chiu Yin
October 16, 2013 at 10:01 pm
solve mine also...you are so talented...
October 17, 2013 at 05:40 pm
Mine doesn't work by doin' that... is like ctfmon.exe doesn't exist in my pc, what can i do??
Administrator User
Administrator User
October 18, 2013 at 05:06 am
Restore ctfmon.exe file from your OS setup disk or another PC running the same system as yours. Also, you can download it from Internet, but it must be from the same OS version.
November 07, 2013 at 06:50 am
Hello I have tried your system and ... damn it it isn't work ... I tried more times and no results and so I look for this Ctfmon.exe on my computer ... I found 4 of them ... is something I should worry about it?
Administrator User
Administrator User
November 09, 2013 at 04:54 am
It's difficult to help you without any information about your OS. Please, provide the version of your OS and the list of these files. Any information can be useful in such situation.
December 06, 2013 at 01:27 pm
thanks .. it work for me ... its help me alot here
I faced this problem more than one time ... but then now i figure it out with the way you gave for me :)

thank you ^_^
December 19, 2013 at 08:50 pm
For Win 7 64 bits, Click start, type lang in the search, click region and language, select keyboards and languages, click change keyboards, select language bar and tick dock in taskbar. It will most probably have been set to hidden. Click apply.
December 19, 2013 at 08:55 pm
Also, use the same route as above to change the shortcut key to go from one keyboard layout to the other. On Win XP it was set to ALT-SHIFT by default but on Win 7 64 bit it's CTRL-SHIFT by default. I always use this as I need to go from English to French and vice versa all the time.
Sandy Lee
March 04, 2014 at 06:41 am
thanks, it help for me too.
May 31, 2014 at 10:44 am
my display language came out and i cant log in to my administrator account. it keeps saying the password is incorrect and the password is correct! the display language was french but now it only shows english! i want to log in to my administrator i have many things to do on my laptop!!! plz help!!!
Administrator User
Administrator User
June 01, 2014 at 04:49 am
Hello jasmain!
There is a bunch of solutions on Internet, just choose the one which you like! The simplest solution is to find a boot disk with some utilities which can reset the password for installed Windows. Try to search for how to reset/recover Windows 7 password.
July 05, 2014 at 03:22 pm
Thanks a lot... great man...got this wonderful solution after three hours of googling and trying other methods.
July 08, 2014 at 05:49 am
im instaling google input tools but language bar not showed and missing , tools not working please help
July 08, 2014 at 10:53 am
Thank you!!!! This worked for me...it's so nice to finally have it fixed, because I use it all the time.
July 20, 2014 at 08:03 am
you are a life saver! thanks alot!!!
July 20, 2014 at 09:29 pm
Great! Thanks!
Solve the problem...
July 31, 2014 at 02:36 am
Hi everyone!
I've faced with te same problem but solved after following below
go to C:\Windows\System32 find ctfmon.exe and hit enter it'll appear
September 08, 2014 at 10:01 pm
I have a 64 bit windows 7, and I've done the whole keyboards and languages, setting the language bar in both floating (which I used to have and has worked fine for over a year!) and on the taskbar, but it STILL does not show up. Is there a fix similar to this original post that will work for 64-bit windows 7?
September 11, 2014 at 04:30 am
Thank you Svitlana, your option really works.
January 29, 2015 at 07:02 pm
Fantastic! First time edited the registry by myself and it was a success. Thank you so much for your generous sharing!!
February 12, 2015 at 04:28 pm
Wow that was great , not even the online geeksquad guy could fix my language bar
April 02, 2015 at 01:29 am
Thanks. It works perfectly.
Ruprecht Hattinger
May 22, 2015 at 12:59 am
Your solution is great. While on the help fora in German people give advice to do things you already know, your solution works. (I am reluctant to touch the registry; but in this case I did)
Vienna Austria
June 24, 2015 at 06:04 am
Svitlana you are pure genius
November 15, 2015 at 06:20 am
Thanks a lot, it's working well, now everything is normal.
От всчико, което пробвах само този начин се оказа работещ.
December 31, 2015 at 10:55 am
Thanks. It works perfectly.
July 13, 2016 at 05:02 am
Finally a working solution!!!

Thank You very very much!!!
July 27, 2016 at 05:54 pm
Wonderful, this is the only help article on this issue that actually helped. None of the others mention running C:\Windows\system32\ctfmon.exe , and this is precisely what I needed, having done everything else to no avail.

Incidentally I lost my language bar after rolling back to Win7 after an upgrade to Win10 that did not support some of my previously installed programs which are very important to me.
July 28, 2016 at 10:20 am
Thank's. It's work
Yashraj Vinod
August 29, 2016 at 11:09 pm
Thanks a lot. It saved me a lot of hassles and mental agony as I use two languages which became a pain without the language bar.
September 23, 2016 at 11:25 am
Hi. This solution helped. Kinda...
It restored my language bar, but English is nowhere to be found, even though it's the default language as seen in control panel.
Well, my problems started after my W7(64) had update yesterday. It made a mess out of my system. I lost ability for WLAN, lost language bar, some other programs don't work anymore, I had corrupted DLL files and probably even more problems that I have missed... :( Any ideas?
November 17, 2016 at 04:55 am
restore my language bar -procedure for window xp
December 05, 2016 at 04:03 pm
Followed Svitlana's solution on Windows 7 Pro (64 bit). Worked like a charm. Thanks a lot, you're great!
salim kahil
December 11, 2016 at 03:24 am
many thanks the problem is solved
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