How to change the default language of an Internet browser

Updated: 12/16/2018 by Computer Hope

Internet browsersBy default, the language in an Internet browser is regional; wherever you are in the world, your browser will display the language that is predominantly spoken there. However, some individuals speak one or more languages in addition to their native tongue and prefer one over the other. To change the default language displayed in an Internet browser, make a selection from the list below and follow the instructions.

Chrome logo

Google Chrome

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the window, click the The menu icon in Google Chrome. icon.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Settings.
  4. In the next window, scroll to the bottom and click The button that opens the advanced menu in Chrome settings..
  5. Scroll down to the Languages section and click the down arrow on the right side of the Language box.

The down arrow that lets the user change the language settings.

  1. In the menu that appears, click the The link to add a language in Chrome. link.
  2. In the next screen, click the checkbox next to one or more language(s) (A) and then the Add button (B).

The menu in which users may add new languages to Chrome.

  1. Your newly selected languages should appear in the Language menu. To choose one, click the The menu icon in Chrome. icon to the right of the language and then check the box next to Display Google Chrome in this language.

The checkbox to select a language in Chrome.

  1. You can click Relaunch or close and re-open your Chrome browser to display the new language.
Firefox

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. Click the The Firefox menu icon. in the upper-left corner of the browser window.
  3. Select The Options button in Firefox. from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. Under the Languages and Appearance section click the The Choose button in Firefox. button.

The section in which the Choose button is located.

  1. In the Window that appears, click the arrow on the right side of the box (A) that says Select a language to add... and then click the The button to add a new language in Firefox. button (B).

The menu that lets you change the language in Firefox.

  1. Click the newly selected language (A) and then click the OK button (B).

The menu that enables the user to change the language in Firefox.

  1. You'll see the new language when you restart your browser.
Chrome

Microsoft Edge

Note: As Microsoft Edge is integrated into Windows 10, changing its default language will affect some Windows programs as well.

  1. Press the Windows key, type Regional & language settings, and then press Enter.
  2. In the Window that appears, click the The icon to add a feature in Microsoft Edge. icon.

The section where you may add a language to Edge.

  1. You may type in a language to add or select from the list.

An image showing how to find a language in Windows.

  1. After you select a language, you'll be asked to pick a region.
  2. You should now see the new language under the Languages section.
  3. Click the new language and select the The options button in Edge. button.
  4. In the screen that appears, under Language options, click the The download button in Edge. button.
  5. Once the new language has been downloaded, return to the previous screen.
  6. Click the new language again and then the Set as default button.

The button to set a default language in Edge.

  1. Log out and back into Windows or Restart your computer to display the new language.
Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Open Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, click the The tools icon in Internet Explorer. icon.
  3. Select Internet options from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. In the window that opens, under the General tab, click the The Languages button in Internet Explorer. button.
  5. In the Language Preference window, click the The button used to set language preferences in Internet Explorer. button.
  6. In the Language window that appears, near the middle, click Add a language.

The add a language link in Internet Explorer.

  1. Select a new language from the Add languages window, then click the The add button in Internet Explorer. button.
  2. When you're taken back to the Languages window. Click your new language. When it turns blue, click options on the right side.

The link to the Options menu in Internet Explorer.

  1. Select Download and install language pack.

Download a language in Internet Explorer.

  1. Click Options again and then select Make this the primary language.

Set the primary language in Internet Explorer.

  1. Log out and back into Windows or restart your computer to display the new language in Internet Explorer.
Safari logo

Safari

Similar to Microsoft Edge, Safari is integrated into the macOS X operating system. Consequently, you'll need to go into your Mac language settings to change the language displayed in Safari.

  1. Open System Preferences from the dock at the bottom of the desktop.
  2. In the Personal section, click the Language & Text icon.
  3. In the menu that appears, drag your preferred language to the top.
  4. Click the Apple icon in the upper-left hand corner of the screen and select Log out (username)...
  5. Your preferred language will display upon signing back into your computer.
Opera

Opera

  1. Open the Opera browser.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the screen, click the The menu button in Opera. button.
  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the window that appears, on the left side, make sure Browser is selected.

The settings menu for browser options in Opera.

  1. In the Languages section, under Select user interface language, click the blue down arrow and select your preferred language.

The menu from which you select a preferred language in Opera.

  1. The newly selected language will display upon restarting the Opera browser.