Switch Languages

The goal of this tutorial is to show you how to change the language your desktop and applications use.

Example

  • Open the Gnome Control Center from the administration menu.

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  • Click the Language Support icon.

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  • If your language is not installed already click Install / Remove Languages...

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  • Select the language(s) you wish to install. This will require administrator password.

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  • Drag the preferred languages to the top of the language menu. This will set the priority for language use.

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  • On reboot the user's system will be in the new language.

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Additional Information

  • This tutorial only covers how to change the language your desktop and applications use. It doesn't change the system environment (e.g. currency or date format). Those changes may be made in the Regional Formats tab.
  • The ordering of the menu sets the priorities of a language. For example if the priority is Spanish, German, English (always last) Spanish will be displayed as the main language for the system. However, if Spanish is not available for a particular translation German will then be used and finally English if no German is available.
  • If you do not Apply System-Wide... the language change will be on a per user basis.
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Revisions

02/20/2012 - 20:15
SirGrant
08/13/2013 - 17:56
lloydsmart
01/24/2014 - 23:37
antiesnob
01/29/2015 - 14:06
Trisquelian