Language is truly one of the largest barriers dividing different parts of the world. To hear someone speak in something other than your native tongue can sound like absolute gibberish, and if you accidentally set your computer up to function in another language, it can feel like trying to navigate a foreign land.
Make sure you familiarize yourself with how to change your computer’s language in case you ever find yourself in that position.
Benefits and Pitfalls
Everyone makes mistakes, and it can obviously throw a wrench in your computer’s usability if you accidentally set it up to use a language other than your own. There are, however, reasons you might change your computer’s language to another one on purpose. For example, if you’re trying to learn a new language, changing your computer language can be a small and practical way to familiarize yourself.
Whatever your reason for changing the language on your computer, then entire process shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes.
A Settings Switch
On a Windows device, you can change your language settings by first navigating to Start, then finding the time & language icon. From there, you can select region & language (the middle setting of the three on the left), and input the language you’d like to use.
On Mac, just find your way to your system preferences, click on the flag icon that houses the language settings, press the + icon on the left, then choose your language from the list that pops up.
Whether you’re fixing a mistake or trying to challenge yourself, these simple steps will have your computer running in the language you prefer in no time.