In macOS, I can use the code below to set specific language for Word.app, can I use some similar code to set a specific Time zone for an app?
defaults write com.microsoft.Word AppleLanguages '("de")'
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With standard UNIX CLI tools you can set the environment variable
TZ=<XXX> with a timezone and any application that runs within the shell where this was done will pick it up and use its value as their timezone.
For example, you can use this command to get the complete list of valid values to set
TZ= to like so:
$ sudo systemsetup -listtimezones
And here I've listed just the first 10:
$ sudo systemsetup -listtimezones | head Time Zones: Africa/Abidjan Africa/Accra Africa/Addis_Ababa Africa/Algiers Africa/Asmara Africa/Bamako Africa/Bangui Africa/Banjul Africa/Bissau
For this example, I'm going to use Tokyo's timezone, so we can find it like this:
$ sudo systemsetup -listtimezones | grep -i tokyo Asia/Tokyo
We can see the effect of setting our shell to this like this:
# My default timezone, EDT $ date Sat Apr 13 22:44:55 EDT 2019 # Using Tokyo's $ TZ=Asia/Tokyo date Sun Apr 14 11:44:59 JST 2019
In my limited testing this same approach works with GUI applications as well. In this example I installed this application that I found called
$ brew cask install the-clock
Now we can invoke it like this from the shell:
$ '/Applications/The Clock.app/Contents/MacOS/The Clock'
It looks like this when you run it in the menubar at the top:
Now if we invoke it with the environment variable set:
$ TZ=Asia/Tokyo '/Applications/The Clock.app/Contents/MacOS/The Clock'
And look in the menubar:
We can see that the timezone was changed when we invoked the GUI application.
In investigating any methods that you could use with the
defaults command I didn't find anything compelling that led me to believe that you could do this through the
defaults as in your example.
These resources led me to believe that you cannot: