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I would like to know how to change the language of the KDE software (Gwen and Okular) that I installed in my Ubuntu. My Ubuntu is in French, but the KDE software is in English. When I "Switch the language" in "Help", it does not offer me that American English.

I am using Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS with Unity Desktop.

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Install KDE System Settings there you can change the language. Make sure, you have the KDE language packages installed. If not, you have to install them too.

 sudo apt-get install systemsettings language-pack-kde-fr language-pack-kde-fr-base

kde systemsettings screenshot

Under Locale you can change the Languages settings.

locale screenshot

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  1. Install the wanted language packs

  2. Start the KDE application with the KDE_LANG

    Some important environment variables used by KDE:

    $ KDE_LANG

    Overrides the KDE language configuration, e.g. KDE_LANG=fr kprogram & starts a program with French translation if the necessary files are installed.

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    Seems not to work for me on 12.04.1 with language-pack-kde-nl installed and attempting to run KDE_LANG=nl kate, KDE_LANG=nl_NL kate or KDE_LANG=nl_NL.UTF-8 kate. – gertvdijk Jan 31 '13 at 23:33
  • @Buzz-dEE LANG=en_US synaptic works for me in a terminal. LANG=en_US synaptic-pkexec does not work for me in the launcher. My default language is English but my Synaptic Package Manager displays in Thai when launched. – Geoffrey Wheeler Oct 23 '17 at 7:54

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