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Changing Language Options

The Language & Text pane in System Preferences gives you options to use different languages for menus, dialogs, and the keyboard, as well as write text in other languages. The language you write can be different from the language for menus, dialogs, and the keyboard. The Language tab allows you to select a language that you use in application menus and dialogs, and write in an application. The Region tab allows you to select international formats for dates, times, numbers, and measurement units. The Input Sources tab provides you with a list of languages that you can select a keyboard layout, which lets you type in other languages. If you’re not familiar with the keyboard layout, you can use the Keyboard Viewer to show you what keys to press to display the keys you want in the input menu language. To make language selection easier, you can add the Input menu to the menu bar.

Set Input Sources Options

  • bluecircle_1.jpg Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Language & Text icon.
  • bluecircle_2.jpg Click the Input Sources tab.
  • bluecircle_3.jpg Select the check box next to the language(s) you want to use.
  • bluecircle_4.jpg To see what the characters look like on your keyboard, select the Keyboard Viewer check box.

    • The Keyboard Viewer is available on the menu bar in the Input Menu.
  • bluecircle_5.jpg Click Keyboard Shortcuts, select the keyboard shortcut or text matching options you want, and then click OK.
  • bluecircle_6.jpg Select an option to use the same or different input sources.
  • bluecircle_7.jpg To change input menu languages from the menu bar, select the Show input menu in menu bar check box.
  • bluecircle_8.jpg Click the Close button.

Set International Date, Time, and Number Formats

  • bluecircle_1.jpg Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Language & Text icon.
  • bluecircle_2.jpg Click the Region tab.
  • bluecircle_3.jpg Click the Region pop-up, and then select a region. If necessary, select the Show all regions check box to display your region.
  • bluecircle_4.jpg Click Customize, specify the formats you want for Dates, Times, and Numbers, and then click OK.
  • bluecircle_5.jpg Select a Currency and Measurements Units from the pop-ups.
  • bluecircle_6.jpg Click the Close button.

Change Language Options for Menus and Dialogs

  • bluecircle_1.jpg Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, and then click the Language & Text icon.
  • bluecircle_2.jpg Click the Language tab.

    • A list of available languages on your computer appears.
  • bluecircle_3.jpg To add or remove languages, click Edit List, select or clear the check boxes, and then click OK.
  • bluecircle_4.jpg Drag the language you want to the top of the list.

    • If an application can’t support the first language, it tries to use the second one, and so on.
  • bluecircle_5.jpg Click the Close button.

    • Changes take place the next time you launch the Finder or an application.
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