When software behaves differently to accommodate regional preferences for date, characters, text direction or presents information in multiple languages

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How to add characters to the press and hold character picker in OS X Lion?

In OS X Lion, there is a very useful feature for people like me who need to write in multiple languages, which pops up a small menu of additional characters when you hold down a letter. For instance, ...
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Is it possible to launch a program in a specific language?

I'm a developer, and my primary language is French, so I use Mac OS X in French. However, I need on a regular basis to open an application in English to do support. Right now I'm going to the ...
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How to change the language of the App Store to be able to see accurate star ratings?

I have an iTunes account with an italian billing address; because of this Apple assumes that I want the app store in italian which is not the case. Part of the UI is in italian (other parts are in ...
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What is the Mac keyboard key with a symbol ⌅ of an up arrow pointing into a horizontal line?

On a Mac, symbols are often used for keys rather than names. In Adobe Indesign for Mac, the keyboard shortcuts for inserting various break characters are described using what looks like an up arrow / ...
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How do you type Theta on a Mac?

I know option o comes out to ø? So I have been using that as my theta. But I would love to know how to type Theta for a mac?
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Type Lambda λ on a Mac?

Is there a way to type lambda λ on a mac without switching the entire keyboard binding to Greek, as described here: How do you type Theta on a Mac?
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Is there any way to get a generic (country-unrelated) iTunes link?

When copying links to stuff in iTunes or Mac App Store, I always get a countrycode-specific link. Is there any way to get a generic one? If not, will those links resolve to national-specific iTunes ...
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Difference between US QWERTY and International QWERTY Apple keyboards?

What exactly is the difference between US QWERTY and International QWERTY Apple keyboards? I’m talking about the hardware keyboards specifically, not about keyboard layouts (in System Settings).
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How to switch language of OS X dictionary?

In Mountain Lion the OS X internal dictionary that you can fire up by right clicking a word, or by using the dashboard widget, seems to have gained at least one new language: German. Since German is ...
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Is it possible to set the output language of shell commands to anything other than English?

Am I correct in my assumption that shell commands such as cp, man, ls, etc. always print their messages in English regardless of system and user settings, and also standard shell messages like ...
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Using a US-bought WiFi iPad in the UK with the AppStore?

I'm looking to give a WiFi-only iPad to a family member as a gift this Christmas. However, I'm concerned that since I am located in the UK, and the device I purchase will be 'US' configured for the ...
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Rent foreign language films in iTunes

It’s now pretty well-established that you cannot change the language of the iTunes store unless you also change your billing address. Fair enough. But the language setting also dominates the ...
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Dvorak keyboard layout with international character support?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.3, and find myself switching between the Dvorak and U.S. Extended keyboard layout. Ideally I'd want a Dvorak layout with the international character support of the latter ...
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Decimal comma in Spanish keyboard layout

I have a Spanish layout keyboard (in Snow Leopard). Whenever I use the dot, or comma, in the numeric keyboad (right of the 0) it always shows a comma, but I'd prefer if it entered a dot, just like PCs ...
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Is there a better way to travel internationally with an iPhone (3GS/4 specifically)?

I've travelled to Europe and Asia quite a bit with iPhones with no problems (I live in the US), except for the fact that making calls anywhere outside the US is crazy expensive and of course I ...
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What are the downsides of getting a foreign keyboard layout on a MacBook Pro?

A 13-inch MacBook Pro costs £999 in the UK, compared to $1,199 (about £760) in the US. For this reason (I guess), brand new US models cost about £850 on UK eBay. The obvious downside is the keyboard ...
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How do I make the Globe key disappear from the keyboard?

I do some dev and testing on the iPhone. Recently, I was testing some localizations and needed to change the language. I've since changed back to English, but now whenever I bring up a keyboard a ...
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Using my iMac in a country with a different power supply standard

We may be relocating to a different area of the world where the power standards and outlets differ considerably from what I've got here in North America. Is the power supply in my iMac ...
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Ukelele generated custom keyboard layouts not working in Lion?

I created a custom keyboard layout with Ukelele (http://scripts.sil.org/ukelele) in Snow Leopard (idea is to generate scandinavian letters with Alt-key, otherwise have a pretty much standard U.S. ...
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How to change date format on menu bar without extra apps?

This is how it looks right now These are my "Language & Region" settings There is clearly a bug involved. I don't want use an app to solve such ridiculously simple prolem. It should be ...
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Accent popup in Terminal.app?

I was wondering if anyone has figured out a way to enable the press-and-hold accent popup in Terminal.app, where it does not work out of the box? Does not have to be press-and-hold, but some way to ...
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How to access wireless channel 13 and above from a US Mac Book Pro?

When traveling internationally and connecting to an 802.11g wireless network I'm unable to connect because non-US access points default to using channel 13 and up. From what I hear if the Mac Book Pro ...
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How to burn non-English subtitles into mkv using a mac application?

my smart TV app (samsung UE55F8000) doesn't render non-latin subtitles correctly and there is no option to configure it. The only way to show non-latin subtitles as far as I understand is to burn ...
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What's the difference between the swedish and swedish - pro keyboard layouts?

There seem to be two layouts for Swedish (not counting Sami) and I don't understand the difference.
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Add languages to OSX dictionary

The native OSX dictionary (hover + 3-finger-tap) does not work for the Hebrew language. The example below shows its reluctance to interpret the word פרסומת, a valid Hebrew word. Any ideas how to add ...
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Which version of Mac OS X was the first to support RTL (right-to-left) languages?

Apple – Press Info – Mac OS X Hits Stores This Weekend (2001) listed seven languages for 10.0. From an archived Apple knowledge base article Mac OS X 10.6: Changing the direction of text I know that ...
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How do I enable a British English voice in Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation on iOS?

I'm a UK iPhone user. Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation has always used a US English voice for me, even though both Siri and Apple Maps use a British English voice. I was surprised recently to hear ...
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Microsoft Word right-to-left (RTL) support

I have on my Mac - Microsoft Word 2010, now … I want to write from right to left ( not only text-align right, but direction ltr). I'll be thankful for some help. :)
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Can I show a 24-Hour clock on my Mac's Lock Screen?

I just got a MacBook Pro, and different from my iMac is that I'll be using the lock-screen much more on this one. I noticed that in the upper right corner of the lock screen, the time is shown, but ...
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Do I have to enter my real and true information when making Apple ID account?

Do I have to enter my real and true information when making Apple ID account? My country is not offered, it is not on the list of countries when I have making an Apple ID account. So, I can not enter ...
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Using international phone numbers on iPhone

edit: 1 accepted answer but still no (good) solution! :( In my previous phone carrier I could just dial +55 11 99883655 and it would just work. Now I moved to a new carrier and it doesn't work ...
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How do I use spell check in OSX with several languages?

I often need to write emails in French that contain English technical words and it seems that the spell check in OSX can't understand that a document can contain both languages. The result is either ...
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Finnish spell checker for Pages.app '09?

Can anyone tell me where I can find a Finnish spell checker for OS X Pages '09 as it is not available through Apple?
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Are iPads locale independent?

I am thinking about buying an iPad. I live in Germany. From a past job, I have a gift card with Amazon USA. I would like to buy the iPad from there. Customs issues aside, is the pre-installed iOS ...
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Microsoft Office 2011 right-to-left (Arabic) doesn't work

I'm facing a problem with Office 2011 for MAC, for example, when you open WORD 2011, and key in some Arabic letters, each word will appear as discrete letters not connected as one single word as it ...
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Can I change the locale for a single application?

Is it possible to change the locale on a per-application basis in OS X 10.8? Background: I'd like to play "Larry Reloaded" in English, but my user locale is German. The game detects this, and switches ...
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Setting preferred language order on iPhone

Q: Is it possible to set a secondary preferred language on the iPhone? Background: On the Mac Desktop it is possible to select a "Language Preference" order, so that if your favorite application ...
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Enter “vertical bar” (or “pipe symbol”) in Windows

I have my MacBook late 2008 sometimes running Windows 7 via BootCamp. The keyboard has a German layout. Pretty much like the Wikimedia image below except that the blue symbols in the lowest line are ...
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How do I jump to a topic in vim under Terminal for a French Keyboard

I'm on a French keyboard and I'm unable to jump to a topic in vim: If I go ':help' the instructions say: Jump to a subject: Position the cursor on a tag (e.g. |bars|) and hit CTRL-]. I've ...
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How do I type a tilde in spanish keyboard?

It is difficult work with the Terminal if you can't type the tilde. Does anybody know how to do this using a Spanish keyboard?
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iPad Contacts app incorrectly formats telephone numbers

Some time ago my iPad Contacts app has begun an odd behaviour of incorrectly formatting American telephone numbers. Instead of displaying "(415)-123-1234", for example, it displays "41 5123 1234". ...
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Is there a way to type Niqqud on iOS?

On my iPod touch I am able to type basic Hebrew characters by adding a Hebrew international keyboard. Is there some way for me to type Hebrew vowels (Niqqud) [without using any specialized apps]?
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Addressbook resolution for International Callers

Numbers in my phone are stored in the following formats +1.305.555.1212 +1.202.555.1212 +44.222333444 +44.222.33.3444 +91.22.34567890 +91.98765.43210 +91.98.76.543210 All calls from the USA show ...
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How to turn off iTunes Store localisation?

The iTunes Store has an annoying habit of localising song metadata based on the system language: for instance, if I have my system language set to English but buy from the Japanese iTunes store, the ...
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Setting and using a “language” property of an audio file in iTunes?

I'm a linguaphile, and I have lots of audio files in different languages in iTunes.  I would like the ability to tag a file with the language code, and to see and/or sort by that tag. I have no use ...
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How do I enter chinese names in Address Book?

Chinese names are quite elaborate and quite different from the "standard American name" that the Mac Address Book is based on. Notably I'm looking for a good way to Store a person's Chinese name – ...
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How do I type š on an international keyboard?

I'm currently writing emails frequently to a Slovenian who has the letter š in his name. I use copy and paste for the letter š, which is quite inconvenient. I'm using the US keyboard layout. How can ...
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Will a MacBook work if bought from a different country?

If I buy MacBook from Pakistan, will it work in Canada?
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LANG variable wrong in iTerm2, where's the bug?

Today I noticed that when opening TortoiseHG the app was in Dutch (partially, not fully translated it seems). Looking around in my environment I found out that LANG=nl_NL.UTF-8. It is indeed true ...
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Different language for Mac OS and AppStore's softwares

My OS X (Mountain Lion) is in English, and I want to keep it like this. But, for some softwares in the AppStore (not necessary all), I would like to turn it in French when supported (like OmniFocus) ...