Multilingual user interface (MUI) under Windows 7/8/10

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The multilingual user interface (MUI) is used either in a Windows 10/8 deployment scenario, Windows 7, Windows Vista or on a local computer when the user changes language. The advantages of MUI are more important in the Windows deployment phase, especially in multinational companies.

Multilingual user interface (MUI)

Configure country, region and language options :

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You can use the regional and language options in the Control Panel to configure the input languages for user accounts. Use these settings for the MUI package to set or change the default user interface language, or to install or remove user interface language packs.

Change language for non-Unicode programs

  1. Log in as administrator.
  2. In the Control Panel, click Regional and Language Options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab, then, under Language for non-Unicode programs, select the language for which the application was developed.

Simplify the use of multiple languages on desktop computers

Administrators can configure desktop computers to simplify work in multiple languages. For example, you can add a language toolbar on the desktop or a language icon on the taskbar to make it easier for users to switch between input languages when they need to create documents in multiple languages. You can also enable certain key sequences that allow users to quickly switch between installed input languages and other keyboard and IME configurations.

Add the language bar to the desktop or taskbar

  • In the Control Panel, under Clock, Language and Region, click Edit keyboards or other input methods.
  • Click Edit Keyboards, then click the Language Bar tab.
  • In the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box, under Settings, click the language bar.
  • On the Language Bar tab, select the check boxes corresponding to the language bar and taskbar options you want to enable.
  • Learn how to restore the language bar in Windows.

Enable or change key sequences

  • In the Control Panel, under Clock, Language and Region, click Change keyboards or other input methods.
  • Click Edit Keyboards, then click the Advanced Keyboard Settings tab.
  • On the Advanced Key Settings tab, highlight the key setting you want to change, and click Edit Keystroke.
  • In the Edit Typing dialog box, select the options that correspond to the typing and actions you want to use so that a user can switch between the installed typing languages or keyboard layout and IMEs.

If you want to use the on-screen keyboard to enter text in another language, switch to the appropriate input language before activating the on-screen keyboard.

Display the on-screen keyboard

  • In the Start menu, tap All programs, tap Accessories, and then tap Operation.
  • Click the on-screen keyboard.

Additional information:

  1. Download and install Windows 8 language packs
  2. How to install language packs in Windows 7

Windows 10 users may want to see how to install and uninstall languages in Windows 10.

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