How to Change Display Language in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps you can take to change display the language in Ubuntu Linux.

The display language you select changes the default language used by Ubuntu Linux features like Settings, text in windows and web pages.

When installing Ubuntu Linux on your device, you are given an option to select your preferred installation language. When you do, Ubuntu Linux uses your preferred language for settings, apps, and other features.

The display language you choose at setup can also be changed after installing Ubuntu Linux. You can have multiple display languages that you can switch between in Ubuntu Linux.

You’ll need to install additional language packs in order to use a display language that isn’t available in Ubuntu Linux.

Below is how to change the display language in Ubuntu Linux.

How to change your display language in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, the display language you choose changes the default language used by Ubuntu Linux features like Settings and File Manager. You can also have multiple preferred languages installed on your Ubuntu Linux device.

Below is how to change the display language in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

To get to System Settings, open the Activities overview and start typing Settings.

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Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

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In the Settings app, click on Region & Language tile.

In the System Settings -> Region & Language settings pane, select the Language tile.

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When you click the Language tile, a pop-up window should open.

Select your desired region and language.

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If your region and language are not listed, click Cancel.

This will take you back to the Region & Language settings panel. There, click Manage Installed Languages as highlighted below.

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When prompted to install support to install additional languages, click Install.

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Once installed, on the Language support window, click Install/Remove Languages.

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Choose supported languages from the list to install. After installing, log out or restart your computer.

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Once additional languages are installed, you can then go and change your default language from the previous screen.

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Some translations may be incomplete, and certain applications may not support your language at all.

That should do it! You can now close the settings app.


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