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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How to change the language of iTunes and the App Store?

I live in Italy and have an italian billing address; because of this Apple assumes that I want the app store in italian which is not the case. The whole UI is in italian, the app descriptions and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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) ...
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Switching Keyboard Layout on Macbook on Lion

Is it still possible to switch from the default (Macbook UK) keyboard to the US layout in Lion? Everything I've read says there should be an international option in System Preferences, but there ...
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Compile VLC on Lion

I am trying to compile VLC on my Mac along with guide on wiki. I am getting the *** /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.6.sdk does not exist, please install required SDK, or use export OSX_VERSION=10.6 *** ...
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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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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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Can I use a foreign power cord to power my MacBook?

I have a MacBook Pro computer and I will be traveling abroad to Hong Kong for studies. The electric sockets and voltage are different than here in the US so I would have to use a converter but it is a ...
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How to setup Indian rupee format in Numbers?

Indian rupee number format is different from US number format. e.g. 1,00,00,00,000 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_rupee How do I setup a custom number format in Numbers?
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Mountain Lion US keyboard layout .. bug? British layout when selected US keyboard

When I change my input source to US Keyboard and I want to press this key: ` I get some British key. My keyboard is this one: And it behaves like this one: I changed my keyboard layout like ...
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Unable to download an iOS app from iTunes Japan when I am using my Apple account registered in the USA

I'm trying to download the Denwacho Kantan Copy app for iOS so that I can transfer my contacts to my new softbank iPhone. However, I am being told that I can't download this app with my American ...
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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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Auto-correct in Mavericks for Romanian Dictionary

I installed a Romanian dictionary on Mavericks in two ways: by using the cocoAspell and, by copying the OpenOffice dictionary files {aff|dic} in the ~/Library/Spelling/. The Good: In both the ...
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Are there Korean keyboard layouts for OSX 10.9 that mimic the iOS 7 Korean layout?

On my iOS7 devices (iPhone 5, iPad Air), I added a Korean keyboard and I can operate it effectively. On the Macbook Air, I added the "3-Set Korean" input source and I cannot operate it effectively. ...
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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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What causes the popup alternate characters from showing?

I have the latest version of Mountain Lion 10.8.4 but can't use the new hold key to show variations option. So, when I press the n key and hold it down, it would be nice to see the two alternate ñ and ...
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How to turn off the spellchecker for a specific document?

I'm in Canada, and I use my mac to write documents in both English and French. Generally, I find that the built-in spellchecker (on 10.7.4) does a great job of automatically detecting which language ...
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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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Plugged in new iPhone - iTunes is now using a foreign language

I just got a new iPhone. I plugged it into my computer (iTunes was already installed). After clicking through the registration windows, iTunes displayed the screen below to me. Does anyone know how ...
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Office 2008 in native languages

I can't find how to buy it, so I assumed that on English is available. Does anyone know if there are other languages available for this product, or like in Windows version a Profiling Tools that not ...
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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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Change Date Format to German (English)

I accidentally changed my date format from "German (English)" to "German (Germany)". Now I can't seem to get it back. I need that format. I changed a UK Format to my needs but having a predefined ...
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Can I assign a language for each iMessage contact?

I write iMessages in different languages, depending on who the message goes to. Text input is very difficult if auto-completion/correction is using the wrong dictionary. Is there a way to assign a ...
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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 ...