How to Change to Your Native Language on Ubuntu 17.10

You can use Ubuntu desktop and applications in dozens of languages around the world. The translations may be incomplete and some applications may not fully support all languages, but the list of supported language is growing.

Any untranslated text will appear in the language it was program or software was originally developed in, usually American English.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to change the language in Ubuntu 17.10. Not all language packs are installed on your desktop… but don’t be surprised to see Ubuntu support for your native language.

When you switch languages on Ubuntu, folders and applications will be named and updated according to your language you switched to.

Changing to Ubuntu Language

To change Ubuntu language to your native tone, click on the system menu at the top right corner and select System Settings as shown below.

ubuntu dash dock

Then select Region & Language from the items the left. When the Region & Language page pane opens, select Language to show the available language packs that are installed.

ubuntu language pack

Important: Click Manage Installed Languages to install those that are not already installed. You most likely will have to do that since not many language packs are installed by default. Click the Install / Remove Languages button to add new languages.

On the Language pane, select your desired region and language. If your region and language are not listed, click … at the bottom of the list to select from all available regions and languages.

Click Done after selecting your desire language. When you do that it will prompt you to restart for the changes to take effect. Click Restart Now or click the X to restart later.

There are some folders in your home folder for things like music, pictures, and documents. These folders use standard names according to your language. When you log back in, you will be asked if you want to rename these folders to the standard names for your selected language. If you plan to use the new language all the time, you should update the folder names.

This is how to change Ubuntu 17.10 language settings to your native tone. This tutorial should also work with other earlier versions of Ubuntu.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully change Ubuntu language on the desktop

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