The Windows XP language bar reappears in the lower right-hand corner after installing Internet Explorer 7. It makes it easy to change the default language used by Windows XP, or to work with speech recognition and text-to-speech features.

I’m sure people use the language bar; I just happen not to have met any of them during the last seven years. If you’re not using any language other than English, you can turn it off.

If the language bar is visible, you’ll see 2-3 buttons next to the icons by the clock – the one on the left is typically Microphone. Right-click on it and click on Settings. (If you click on Close, the buttons will reappear when the computer is restarted.) Click on the Advanced tab and check the box to Turn off advanced text services.

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