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How to change your language in Google Chrome

Google Chrome supports more than 100 different languages, making it easy to display the browser in your native language, change the language when you travel to a different country, or explore foreign-language results. You might be wondering where you can find these settings in the Google Chrome menu if you’ve never changed them before.

Adjusting your language settings is an easy way of customizing Google Chrome. Here is what you need to know about changing your language settings and preferences.

Add a new language

Changing the language used in Chrome only takes a few steps, but keep in mind that it only applies to the Chrome interface. For instance, if you change the default language to French, all text within the Chrome interface, such as menus and settings, appear in French. The change does not apply to web content.

The following instructions are based on Chrome 86 for Windows 10 and Chrome OS. You can also use this method in the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge, although the visual presentation is different. This method does not work with Chrome for MacOS.

Open Chrome Settings

Step 1: With Chrome open, click the three-dot Customize and Control button located in the top-right corner.

Step 2: Click Settings listed on the drop-down menu.

Note: The Settings panel is also accessible by typing “chrome://settings/” in the address bar.

Chrome Add Language

Step 3: Click to expand Advanced listed on the left.

Step 4: Click Languages listed on the expanded menu on the left.

Step 5: On the right, click the Down Arrow next to Language to expand the list.

Step 6: Click the blue Add Languages link.

Chrome Select a Language

Step 7: A pop-up window appears. Click the box next to the language you want to add, followed by the blue Add button.

Step 8: The new language now appears on the Languages list. Click the three-dot More Actions icon to the right of each language to reorder or remove as needed.

Note: Moving the new language to the top of the list does not make it the default.

Step 9: Once you’re done, close the Settings tab. All changes save and update automatically.

Display the new language

After adding the new language, now it’s time to set it as the default.

Step 1: As instructed in the first section, navigate through Settings > Advanced > Languages and click the Down Arrow to expand the Language list.

Step 2: Click the three-dot More Actions button to the right of your new language.

Chrome Set Language as Default

Step 3: In the pop-up menu, click the box next to Display Google Chrome in This Language to set the new language as your default.

Step 4: Click the Relaunch button now displayed next to the new default language.

A note about web content

If you changed Chrome’s interface language from English to French, all web content remains in their native language. For instance, you’ll read Digital Trends in English because it’s still listed as a language you use. Load a website in Spanish, and Google Translate suggests English.

One way to get an all-French experience is to remove English from your Languages settings. This tells Chrome that English is not a language you normally read.

Chrome Remove English

Step 1: Navigate through Settings > Advanced > Languages as previously outlined and click the Down Arrow next to Language.

Step 2: Click the three-dot More Action icon next to English and select Remove on the pop-up menu.

Chrome Suggest French Translation

Another method is to have Chrome suggest the default language when accessing a foreign website. However, this only applies to languages that are not on your list.

Step 1: Navigate through Settings > Advanced > Languages as previously outlined and click the Down Arrow next to Language.

Step 2: Click the three-dot More Action icon next to the default language.

Step 3: Click the box next to Offer to Translate Pages in This Language.

If you really don’t want to make changes regarding translation, keep in mind that Google has a dedicated Translate website that can translate text or documents with ease and may save you some time. If you regularly translate pieces you find online, then you may want to download the extension for Google Translate so that you can use it more easily.

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