Changing the Language of the User Interface

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NeoOffice uses the top-most language specified in your Mac OS X System Preferences (International pane, Language tab) as the user interface language, provided 1) there is a user interface available in that language and 2) the appropriate language pack has been installed, if applicable.

In order to use NeoOffice in your preferred language, simply set that language as the top-most language in the list in the Language tab of the International pane of the Mac OS X System Preferences application, and then launch NeoOffice.

Note that some languages and local variants, such as Hungarian (Magyar) or Português do Brasil, do not appear in the Languages: list by default; you will have to press the "Edit…" button, check the desired language, and click "OK" before you will be able to move that language to the top of the list.

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[edit] Upgrading NeoOffice and language packs

While the NeoOffice installer preserves any language packs you may have installed, you will always need to install a new language pack when NeoOffice moves between major OpenOffice.org versions (e.g., when upgrading from NeoOffice 1.2.2 to NeoOffice 2.1).

Additionally, because the OpenOffice.org community localization teams are always updating their translations, you might wish to install the newer version of the language pack for your language when changing NeoOffice minor versions (e.g., when upgrading from NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta to NeoOffice 2.1), particularly if the localization was incomplete in the earlier language pack.

[edit] Using NeoOffice in a different language from the system language

Many non-English users prefer to run Mac OS X in English but still desire to use their application software in their native language. Also, there have been some reports that setting as the default language a language for which there is not a complete Mac OS X localization may cause problems with Software Update and certain other Apple applications, so it may be desireable in those instances to continue to run "Mac OS X" in English or another language with a full Mac OS X localization but to run NeoOffice in your preferred language.

[edit] Configuring NeoOffice to use a different language from the system language

  1. Install the appropriate language pack before beginning.
  2. Launch NeoOffice. In the NeoOffice menu, go to the Preferences... item.
  3. Click on the arrow next to Language Settings to expand that section, and select the Languages item.
  4. Select the desired language in the Language of User interface drop-down list, and click OK.
  5. NeoOffice will display a window saying that the change will take effect the next time you start NeoOffice. Click OK.
  6. Re-launch NeoOffice. The user interface should now display in the desired language.

To revert the user interface to the top-most language set in the International pane of your Mac OS X System Preferences, repeat this procedure and set the language of the user interface to Default.

Note that some items in the NeoOffice menu will still display in your system's top-most language.

[edit] Special Note about Norwegian and Mac OS X 10.3.x

Due to bugs in Apple's language codes in versions of Mac OS X prior to 10.4, NeoOffice's UI used to appear in the wrong language even if Norwegian (Norsk) was set as the topmost language in the System Preferences in those versions of Mac OS X. However, beginning in NeoOffice 1.2 Alpha, this bug was partially worked-around.

If "Norsk" is the top-most language in your System Preferences, NeoOffice 1.2 Alpha and newer will use the Bokmål UI. You can use the Nynorsk UI by following the instructions above.

N.B. For users running Mac OS X 10.2.x and NeoOffice/J 1.1, follow the steps outlined in the Norwegian and Mac OS X 10.3.x section of the Activating Dictionaries in NeoOffice 1.x article to activate the Norwegian dictionaries and set the UI language of NeoOffice/J 1.1 to Nynorsk or Bokmål.


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