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How to Change Language Settings to English in Firefox, Explorer and Chrome

Updated on October 14, 2012
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Losing your English Language Settings could happen in any number of ways: By accident or even downloading software without configuring the proper settings. In that moment, it matters little how you got yourself into this little quagmire- all that matters is getting your browser to communicate with you in the language that you understand-English.

So what can you do?

Thankfully, this formatting is generally standardized. This means that you can count on finding the icons and their arrangements in the same spot every single day. Like many things in life, software would be highly cumbersome to use without this basic feature. Driving a car on a highway with constantly shifting traffic rules paints a good picture.

Finding your directions around your browser

It's worthwhile to discuss the different placements of crucial settings on your browser when you can't read the instructions. Take care to note the numbering of the different items in the different folders, as this alone will matter once the language settings have been altered.

Summary Instructions for Firefox

  • Top-Across: Firefox Menu
  • 2nd Column (Top-Down): 5th Item in List
  • Top-Down. 1st Item on List
  • Top-Across: 3rd Item
  • Top-Down: 6th (Last) item in List
  • 1st Column (Top-down): 2nd item/item under box of languages
  • Select ''English''
  • 2nd Column: 4th Item
  • 1st Column,1st box: Select English
  • 2nd Column: 1st Item
  • Bottom-Across: 1st Item
  • Bottom-Across: 4th Item

  • The rectangle space or box discussed in main instructionno.3 across is a column of four items in the form of four small bokes arranged from top to bottom along the right side of the window which are used to set the order of priority of use in the list of languages.
  • They are the ''move up'', ''move down'', ''remove'' and ''add'' buttons arranged in that order. The first one moves the selected language up, the second one moves it down, the third one removes it from the list and the fourth one adds a new language to the list from the myriad of languages available.

1) Firefox

  1. For Fire fox one needs only click the main menu of firefox which is always at the upper right corner of every page and choose ''options'' which is the second last item in the second column with an arrow next to it. This in turns opens up another list of items with the very first item being another ''options'' item. Clicking on it opens up the ''options'' folder.
  2. The ''options'' folder is a box with a row of seven items right across the window with different kinds of icons for each item. The third item from your left which is also sixth from your right is ''contents'' and it opens up a list of settings. The ''languages settings'' is the very last one on the list and it will open up a languages settings folder.
  3. This folder has a large rectangle space or box to the left of the window in which the languages currently in use by firefox are listed in the order of priority of use. One should check for English and move it up to the top spot as explained below. If English is not listed, then one must add it.
  4. Right under the large box of the list of languages and adjacent to the ''add'' or fourth button is a link to a drop-down menu of languages in the form of a long rectangular button. Scroll and choose an English option from the drag folder by clicking on the ''add'' button which, as explained is the last or fourth in the column of buttons.
  5. You can then click on this language which should now be listed last among the languages currently in use, and move it up to the top of the column using the ''move up'' button.

2) Google Chrome

  • At the upper right corner of any page of Google Chrome, right beneath the ''close'' button or ''x'' icon is an icon or picture of a wrench or spanner. Click on it to open a folder of eighteen items. The ''general settings'' are placed fourteenth from the top, or fifth from the bottom.
  • Click on the ''general settings'' or fourteenth item to open the Chrome general settings page. Under the list given is the ''advanced settings'' link which opens up additional settings. ''Languages'' is listed fifth from the bottom.
  • Click on the little box displayed under language settings. This will open up a window displaying the language currently in use by Chrome. Look for the English language on that list and then cancel all the other languages listed there by clicking the ''x'' icon next to each language. Close the Chrome page and reopen. The settings should have now changed to English.
  • Alternatively, once you pick an English option, you will be able to click on the two options to the right of the box with the list of languages. Click on the first one, then close Chrome and re-open it.

Summary Instructions for Google Chrome

  1. Top-Across: Wrench Icon
  2. Top-Down: 14th Item
  3. Page Bottom: Link
  4. Bottom-Up: 5th last Item
  5. Bottom-Across: Under the box of languages
  6. Select English
  7. 2nd Column, Adjacent to Languages box: 1st Item
  8. Bottom-Across: Left Corner
  9. Close and Re-open Chrome

If you can't find English on that list, you can click the little box right below the list of languages on the bottom left corner. This leads to a drop-down menu with a list of many languages among which are several English options. Choose one by clicking on it. It will then appear last in the list of languages currently in use. Continue as in third and fourth step above, close the Chrome and re-open it.

Summary Instructions for Internet Explorer

  1. Top-Across: Left Corner
  2. Bottom-Up: 2nd Last Item
  3. Top-Across: 1st Item
  4. Bottom-Across: 2nd Item
  5. Right Margin:Top-down: 4th Item
  6. Bottom-Across: 2nd Last Item

3) Internet Explorer

  • a) Explorer is very similar to firefox in this area. Simply click on the tools icon which is the very last item in the upper left corner of any Internet Explorer page, right underneath the ''close'' or ''x'' icon. It opens up a folder with a list of items in which the ''Internet Options'' item is the second last listed item.

    b) Click on the second last item to open up a box or window of the ''internet settings''. In this box, in the upper margin, is a row of items across from left to right. The very first one opens up a list of settings. At the bottom is a row of four items, in which ''languages'' is listed second. Clicking on it takes you the languages settings folder.

    c) This folder also has a large rectangular space or box in which the list of languages in use by Explorer are listed in order of priority. Check for English and move it up to the top spot as explained below. If English is not listed, then continue on.

    d) Next to this large box is a column of four small boxes arranged from top to bottom along the right margin. Similar to firefox, they are the ''move up'', ''move down'', ''remove'' and ''add'' buttons arranged in that order. Click on the ''add'' button which is the last or fourth button in that column to open up a drop down menu of languages from which English can be chosen.

    e) Click on this language and move it up to the top of the column using the ''move up'' button. At the bottom left corner are two adjacent boxes that stand for ''OK'' and ''Cancel'', with the ''Cancel'' buttom being the very last one at the corner. Click on the ''OK'' button.

Whatever browser you use, you only need to note which icon leads to settings and the placement of the language settings in the numbering of the general settings during your day to day use of your browser. Like reading a picture, you do not need to understand the language to find your way back to the language settings in order to change them back to English. Alternatively, one can also simply opt to use another browser or to redownload the program afresh.

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    • safiq ali patel profile image

      safiq ali patel 4 years ago from United States Of America

      It's a shame Hub Pages have dropped the bookmark tool because this hub is one of those that I would bookmark. Very useful. Thank you very much for this.

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      Eva Civo 4 years ago

      Hey, Safiq! Glad I could be of help!

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