How to Install Display Language in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps users can take to install a display language in Ubuntu Linux.

When you install Ubuntu, the language you select at installation gets installed together with English, but you can add further languages.

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 already available in Ubuntu Linux.

Although Ubuntu Linux supports many display languages, some translations may be incomplete, and certain applications may not support your language at all.

So, keep that in mind.

Below is how to install a display language in Ubuntu Linux.

How to add display language in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, when you install Ubuntu, the language you select at installation gets installed together with English, but you can add further languages.

Below is how to add additional display languages 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 Manage Installed Languages button to open Language Support.

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When prompted to install language support that isn’t installed, click Install.

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After installing the language support, click Install / Remove Languages….

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The Installed Languages window lists all the available languages, with the currently installed languages checked.

Check the languages you want to install and uncheck those currently installed languages you want to remove.

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When you’re done, click Apply to Changes.

Once the selected language(s) is installed, log out or restart your computer for the changes to apply.

When you log back in, you should have multiple display languages to choose from.

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Below is a post that shows you how to change display language in Ubuntu Linux.

How to change display language in Ubuntu Linux

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

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to install display language in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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