If you turn off the Language bar (right-click the Language
bar, and then click Close the Language bar
) on your Windows
XP-based computer, you may not be able to turn the Language bar back
This problem may occur if you have a Group Policy setting
that prevents you from accessing Control Panel in Microsoft Windows XP. By
design, you must have access to Control Panel to turn on the Language
Service pack information
this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For
additional information, click the following article number to view the article
in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix. Note
If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note
The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in
the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in
coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is
converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use
the Time Zone
tab in the Date and Time tool in Control
Date Time Version Size File name
28-May-2003 15:33 5.1.2600.1226 183,296 Msutb.dll
After you apply the hotfix, you can create a Group Policy
setting to prevent users from closing the Language bar.
has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed
in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft
Windows XP Service Pack 2.
To turn on the Language bar, follow these steps:
- Click Start, and then click
- Click Date, Time, Language, and Regional
- Click Regional and Language
- Click the Languages tab, and then click
- On the Settings tab, click
- Click to select the Show the Language bar on the
desktop check box, and then click OK.
- Click OK to close the Text
Services and Input Languages dialog box.
After you install the hotfix that is described in the
"Resolution" section of this article, you can configure a registry
to prevent users from turning off the Language bar. To do this,
follow these steps
- Click Start, click Run,
type regedit in the Open box, and then
- Locate and then click the following registry key:
- On the Edit menu, point to
New, and then click Key.
- Type MSCTF, and press ENTER.
- Right-click the new MSCTF key, point to
New, and then click DWORD Value. Type
DisableCloseButton, and then press ENTER.
- Double-click the DisableCloseButton entry,
type 1 in the Value data box, and then
For more information about how to use the Language bar in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
HOW TO: Use the Language bar in