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OS X: Changing the language shown in menus and dialogs

Learn how to display menus and dialogs in different languages.

The Finder and applications included with Mac OS X v10.1 or later can display menus and dialog text in any of these languages:

  • English
  • Japanese
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Portuguese (Portugal) -- Mac OS X v10.5 or later only
  • Dutch
  • Swedish
  • Norwegian Bokmål
  • Danish
  • Finnish
  • Russian -- Mac OS X v10.5 or later only
  • Polish -- Mac OS X v10.5 or later only
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Korean
  • Arabic -- OS X Lion v10.7 or later only
  • Czech -- OS X Lion v10.7 or later only
  • Hungarian -- OS X Lion v10.7 or later only
  • Turkish -- OS X Lion v10.7 or later only
  • Thai -- OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later only
  • Catalan -- OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later only
  • Croatian -- OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later only
  • Greek -- OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later only
  • Hebrew -- OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later only
  • Romanian -- OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later only
  • Slovak -- OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later only
  • Ukrainian -- OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later only

The order of languages used by an application is set in Language & Text preferences (or International preferences in Mac OS X v10.5.8 or earlier). If an application is not localized (translated) for the first language in the list, it will use the next available language in the list.

You can add languages to the Language & Text preferences list by clicking the Edit List button that appears below to the list. If you drag a language to the top of the list that is not one of the languages listed above, the Finder and applications included with Mac OS X will not display text in that language, but any other software you might have installed that has been localized for that language should be able to.

Last Modified: Jan 9, 2013
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