I use Ubuntu-Gnome 13.04 and I can't change system language. I set it to Polish with "language & regions". It was though because there is no option for adding so i installed:



then i could pick it in "language & regions" and then reboot. However this didn't solve my problem I also change it with gnome-language-selector and still got english.

Please help, because if the language is other than polish i will have to switch back to windows. I like the gnome3.

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Obviously the language support tools are still incomplete in Ubuntu GNOME. Desktop Help states the following:

Select your desired language. If your language is not listed click : at the bottom of the list to select from all available regions or languages.

Only after selecting a language there clicking on Done has no effect.

To have the language selection back in the form it is installed in other releases we have to install language-selector-gnome Install language-selector-gnome. After we did so, we will have an additional icon "Language Support" in our System Settings from where we can install any supported language by choosing "Install/Remove Languages":

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Drag the interesting language to the top of the list. Select "Apply System Wide" to also have this language at log in, and system wide.

  • This is the solution in general I think so I mark it as the solution. But in my case I had to uninstall all languages I had (language-pack-pl, language-pack-gnome-pl, language-pack-en, language-pack-gnome-en). Then install both en(language-pack-en, language-pack-gnome-en), then reboot and install both pl (language-pack-pl, language-pack-gnome-pl).
    – xliiv
    May 8, 2013 at 8:58
  • There is no "Apply System-Wide" in Ubuntu GNOME 17.04. I am stuck and consider editing some configs manually.
    – Alexey
    Apr 21, 2017 at 12:52
  • @Alexey: did you do sudo apt install language-selector-gnome? Only with this application the new Language Support can be selected as shown above. I just tested this on 17.04 Ubuntu GNOME, it is still valid.
    – Takkat
    Apr 21, 2017 at 18:19
  • Thanks, @Takkat, i have now a new settings panel. However, what is weird is that i somehow switched the system language to French before (i believe, using the ordinary user language panel) but was not able to switch it back to English. I have already switched it back by editing /etc/default/locale.
    – Alexey
    Apr 21, 2017 at 21:53

If I understand the question right, you want to change everything to polish. If that's the case then, add the language first, and Apply system wide.

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Do the same for Regional Format

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And add the keyboard layout.

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Then you will get the language icon which allows you to switch between keyboard layouts.

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  • I try this exactly but language will not set into Turkish. Jan 19, 2016 at 18:51

Specify the language at the login prompt after selecting the user. When asked whether to make the selection the new default, select yes

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