How to change the default language in Google Drive.

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Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Google provides its users with several free software programs such as Docs, Sheets, and 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.

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

Changing the default language in Google Drive

  1. Open Google Drive. If prompted, log into your Google account.
  2. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click the 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.

The general tab selected in Google Drive settings.

  1. Select Change language settings under the Language section.

The link to change languages in Google Drive.

  1. In the window that appears, click The link to add a language in Google Drive..
  2. Once you’ve found your preferred language, click The button to select a language in Google Drive..
  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.

The menu in which users can move their preferred language to the top.

Additional information

  • How to change the default language of an Internet browser.
  • How to change the language in Windows.
  • Google Drive help and support.
  • See our Google Drive definition for further information and related links.
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