You can change the
LANG environment variable in a terminal. After that, all the applications that you launch with the new environment will follow that new locale. For example:
gedit # Will use default locale (English in your case)
gedit # Will use Spanish (provided it's installed)
If you don't get the Spanish translations for the application, then:
locale -a | grep es command to verify that Spanish is already available.
- Try to set
LANG to the full string returned by
locale -a, that is,
es_ES.utf8 instead of just
- Use the
locale command to verify the values of your locale environment variables. Depending on your configuration it might happen that
LANG is being shadowed by
LANGUAGE environment variables. To fix that, you could set
More information about locale environment variables can be found in the Ubuntu documentation and in the gettext manual.