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Adding Other Languages and Changing Locals

Updated on June 5, 2010

In this hub we are going to learn how to add other languages to Windows as well as change regional language options that affect how time and date are displayed.

We will start by adding a language to the language bar. This gives you the option to be able to type with whatever language that tickles your fancy.

Start by going to Control Panel and then click on Regional and Language Options as shown in (Picture 1)

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Picture 1

When the dialog box opens up click on add and then select the language that you desire. I selected French Canadian as an example. (Pictures 2,3)

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Picture 2
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Picture 3

Once that is done click on OK and you should see the language bar to the left of the time as shown in (Picture 4) Click on it and you will be able to switch between the different languages that you have there.

Simple, no?

If you want to know how to put the task bar on top or sides then check this tiny hub:

If you don’t want to have the language bar taking precious space in the task bar, you can easily hide it or undock it.

Go back to Regional and Language Options and then click on the Keyboards and Languages tab. Click then on Change Keyboards as shown in (Picture 4)

Click then on the Language Bar and select from the different options presented there. (Picture 5)

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Picture 4
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Picture 5

If you are like my husband that tries to have every little detail taken care of, then having the right local on your computer is important to you. Lots of computers come installed to the default US setting. Now that is fine and dandy however you do have the option to change that. Changing the local also changes how the currency, time and date are displayed.

So let us start by going to Control Panel and then click on Regional and Language Options. At the Formats tab, click the arrow under Current Format and then select the language and corresponding country that you are in. Notice how the time and date format changes by changing from English US to English Canada. (Pictures 6, 7)

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Picture 6
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Picture 7

If for example you are in the US but the format of month/day/year bothers you like it bothers my husband then you can change just the format without having to change the local. So to change the date format, click on the Date tab and as you can see in (Pictures 8, 9) there are many options as to how to display date and time.

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Picture 8
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Picture 9

The Currency tab has the same flexibility as well. So if you like to customize computers just like my lovely husband then go ahead and customize away.


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    • Nady profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Toronto

      Grant: Glad you found it helpful :)

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      Grant Handford 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Great information. I will have to check out your other Hubs.




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