Change the language of Windows 7 on your computer
When you upgraded to Windows 7, or ran for the first time a new computer with Windows 7 pre-installed on it, you were given the choice of a language, which defaults based on your current location (country setting). The language you use in Windows 7 can be changed as you need or want: note that this feature may not be available in all editions of Windows 7 (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate should all have it). You can even switch to the local variant of certain languages.
Switch your computer to another language
Follow these steps to change your language in Windows 7:
- Open the start menu, and type "language" in the search field.
- When Windows 7 loads the search results, click on the "Region and Language" link:
- The "Region and Language" dialog will open, with the "Formats" tab automatic selected.
- The first setting is a dropdown menu labeled "Format", which reflects your current language:
- To use another language in Windows 7, simply make another selection in that menu: note that each language may have a regional option: if you pick English UK, for example, the word "color" will be spelled "colour". Windows 7 includes no less than 16 local and regional variations for English:
- Once you have made your choice of a different language, click on the OK button to save the new option and return to Windows. You will notice changes right away, but keep in mind that, depending on how certain programs were created, they will not follow your Windows 7 language settings: rather, they will either stay in the language in which they were written (for menus, buttons, etc.), or offer an internal setting that allows you to change display language, (or "interface language").