How to change the default language in Google Drive

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope
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Google provides its users with several free software programs such as Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides via Google Drive. Many of those who use Google's services prefer a language other than the default for their region. To learn how to add and switch between languages in Google Drive, follow the steps below.


Changing the default language in Google Drive also changes the language in its encompassed software programs (e.g.Google Docs and Google Slides).

Changing the default language in Google Drive

  1. Open Google Drive. If prompted, log in to your Google account.
  2. In the upper-right corner of the screen, click the Settings icon in Google Drive. icon and select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  3. On the left side of the window that appears, ensure that the General tab is selected.

General tab selected in Google Drive settings.

  1. Select Change language settings under the Language section.

Link to change languages in Google Drive.

  1. In the window that appears, click the Link to add a language in Google Drive. link.
  2. Once you've found your preferred language, click the Button to select a language in Google Drive. link.
  3. Back on the Languages screen, click the up arrow next to your newly selected language until you see it at the very top under Default language.

Menu where users can move their preferred language to the top.