How to Change Region and Format in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps you can take to change your device’s region and format in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux supports multiple countries and regions which will influence how date/time, numeric, and currency data types appear when you apply formatting options.

You can control the formats that are used for dates, times, numbers, currency, and measurement to match the local customs of your region.

Ubuntu Linux also supports a variety of languages, so when you set your country and region, your device will also select the right currency, and date/time formats supported for those regions and languages.

All of the above are related to regions and formats. If you want to change formats and regions in Ubuntu Linux, the steps below will show you.

How to choose region and formats in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, you can control the formats that are used for dates, times, numbers, currency, and measurement to match the local customs of your region.

These settings are based on the country and region you configured in Ubuntu Linux.

Prerequisite for changing region and format in Ubuntu Linux

Before you change your region and format, make sure to read and follow these posts:

Once you have completed the steps in the posts above, continue below to learn how to change your device’s region and formats.

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 to open the penal.

In the System Settings -> Region & Language settings pane, click on Formats to open the panel.

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Under Common Formats, select the region and language that most closely matches the formats you would like to use.

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After you have selected a region, the area to the right of the list shows various examples of how dates and other values are shown.

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Restart or log out and back in for the changes to apply.

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

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change your device’s region and formats when using Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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