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

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How can I edit macOS system localization files?

Recently, Apple has decided to force gendered expressions in the German locale. They say there is no way to undo this, so I've been trying to sniff out a way to change the affected strings on my own. ...
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Need to buy a MacBook Pro with a French Canadian keyboard but don't live in Canada

I live in Japan and I need to buy a new MacBook Pro with a French Canadian keyboard (physical, not just changing the keyboard layout in the OS). The option of a French Canadian keyboard is only ...
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Why did my mother's App Store change to Spanish when she changed her phone's language to German?

My mother and I both currently live in Mexico, where Spanish is the official language. We've always had our phones, tablets and computers set to English, and the App Store has always reflected our ...
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How to make ' and < map to the right keys (force change from ANSI to ISO)?

My separate keyboard (a Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate with ISO layout) has, to my chagrin, a different and erroneous keyboard mapping than the MacBook's built-in (also ISO). The biggest annoyance is the ...
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Select Latin American Spanish voice for translate feature?

In several macOS apps, I can select text, and then control-click and select "Translate ..." from the context menu. For example, here are screenshots from TextEdit. For Spanish, it ...
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Get the system to use the correct language with the "speak selection" feature

I'm trying to use OS X's native voice-recognition system to speak the highlighted text using the correct language. I enabled System Preferences > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Speak ...
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How to Auto-switch Text-to-speech Voices on basis of language tags in text

Is anyone aware of a TTS system for Mac which will automatically switch voices on the basis of language tags present in word processing or html text? For example, it would switch to a French voice to ...
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How to mix Hebrew letters and Arabic numerals to render and sort correctly

Psallm 119 in the bible is very long.  I have it as audio and text and want to break it into smaller files. In the Music app, I want the title of each part to be "Psalm 119" followed by a ...
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I would like to write in a different language and use spell check, but always using the same keyboard layout

I am writing mostly in English and I use the default "ABC" layout on macbook with macOS Monterey. Sometimes I get an email in different languages. I reply them in the same language. I don't ...
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Separate keyboard layout for each window in macOS Monterey

Is there a way to set up keyboard layouts preferences to have a separate layout for each window? Use case described step by step: I use two keyboard layouts: English and non-English one. I often open ...
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How can I obtain the backslash with a US keyboard configured with a Spanish (ES-ISO) keyboard layout?

I have a Macbook Air with the typical US keyboard layout printed in the keys, but I want to use the keyboard as if it were a Spanish keyboard because I'm accustomed to that layout and since I don't ...
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How to fix the language of Read Aloud on Word for iOS

Background I am using Microsoft Word on iPad. I want to use Read Aloud (a text-to-speech feature of Word) to review my documents. The documents are written in Japanese. Problem If a sentence in a ...
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What is this weird locale and how do you fix it?

One of my apps isn't working because the iPhone is reporting a null locale. Even when setting the language and region to English/USA, this is the result on the Language & Region screen: and the ...
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How to type in citation letter in Russian on macOS?

I want to type in the citation « in my Russian keyboard but I cannot find any key combination to type it. How can I type it in macOS?
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QWERTY US - QWERTY International OS Layout

I start to look for a MacBook, I’m French but want to get a QWERTY keyboard for development purposes. On Windows and Linux, using an American QWERTY keyboard allows a user to write accents with a ...
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How do I switch the app store region on Apple TV?

I recently moved from Japan to the USA. Now I'm trying to use my Apple TV in the USA. When I go to the store and try to install an app it says "You can't use this account on the Japanese store. ...
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Change shortcut system-wide to match keyboard

I know from experience that macOS sets the default keyboard shortcut according to the language choice (and maybe keyboard choice, not sure) at the first setup. Now I set up my new computer to French (...
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How can I switch to non-default variant of keyboard layout on macOS?

Currently I'm using Apple's Swiss German layout. I'd like to use the regular Swiss German layout but that is not available as a default input source. The reason for this change is that characters such ...
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Obtaining the Russian Typewriter keyboard layout

This is my very first experience with Apple products. For the last 20+ years, I have been using the Russian Typewriter keyboard layout that is available out-of-the-box in all Windows and GNU/Linux ...
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flutter localization how to create ARB file?

I follow a guide on how to do localization in flutter, using intl and flutter localization packages. however, when it comes to create app_en.arb file. I can't create it ^^ I try to create it manually, ...
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Typing option+s results in surprise emoji (😮) instead of eszett (ß)

Up until a few days ago typing option+s resulted in the German eszett (ß). Currently typing option+s results in the insertion of the surprise emoji (😮). If I bring up the Keyboard Viewer and press ...
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Is it possible to localize the Mac Welcome Assistant Language to be non English?

I bought new but used Macbook Pro for my mother, and she doesn’t speak English. But „welcome assistant” screen (which shows first time you open new Mac) is in English. It leads you through region, ...
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Safari offers to translate all web pages -- how to limit to languages I actually do not speak?

In macOS 11.1 "Big Sur", Safari gained the capability of offering translations of web pages. Google's Chrome has a similar feature, and offers to select a set of languages that the user ...
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How does one activate a square bracket on a Spanish Magic keyboard?

I have problem on macOS Big Sur with an my square bracket on my Spanish magic keyboard I need this to configure shortcuts for my Wacomb tablet and Photoshop. I've tried changing keyboard language ...
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Change the default keyboard input when logging into macOS Big Sur

Since upgrading to Big Sur, my default keyboard input during the login screen is always 'U.S.'. I need to manually switch it to 'French'. Is there a way for me to set 'French' as defaut? In fact, I do ...
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Devanagari font in macOS Terminal not rendering properly

[Setup] - I have a M1 Mac mini running Big Sur. I am using Devanagari-QWERTY input method for typing Marathi/Hindi. [Problem] - All is well when typing in apps like Pages, Stickies, Safari etc.. ...
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Where is Finder looking up the “localized” version of certain directory names?

I have two directories that have different names in Finder vs Terminal / "ls". In Finder, the directory is called "Docker". If you drag-and-drop it into the Terminal, as I have ...
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Why does finder in some cases show a different directory name than "ls"? [duplicate]

I have been crawling through my "~/Library/Container" contents and noticed an oddity that I was so far not aware could even exist: I have two directories there that have different names in ...
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How to add characters (accents) to the press and hold character picker in macOS Big Sur?

In macOS Big Sur, 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 ...
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How do you change the date format when modifying an event in Calendar?

I would to change the date format when modifying an event in Calendar. Currently, Calendar shows the date as 12/10/2020 when I go to modify the date/time. This is the same as is displayed above the ...
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Can I fix VMware Fusion to correctly map the tilde / back tick on a British keyboard?

I'm stuck with an odd keyboard layout in Fusion Player v 12.0.1 on macOS 10.15.7 (Catalina) and cannot seem to find a way around it. The keyboard physically is a bluetooth Apple keyboard UK layout ...
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Change highlight color for deadkey previews (like accents: `´^¨) in terminal app

I've been tweaking the theme / color preferences in the Terminal.app a bit, after a while I found that when pressing a diacritical mark/accent/dead key there's a highlighted yellow rectangle showing a ...
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Physical keyboard layout menu not showing when keyboard connected to iPhone / iPad (iOS 13/14)

I am trying to use my Bluetooth keyboard (Mx Keys) with iPhone and iPad. I can pair them successfully, but they behave as if they were in a different keyboard layout than I expect (I use Polish ...
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Can macOS (Catalina) match a Brazilian Portuguese Windows keyboard layout?

The Windows Portuguese keyboard has a different layout than the Apple Portuguese keyboard: Here's the Windows version: Here's the Apple's version: I don't want to buy a new keyboard or learn a new ...
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How to change the default macOS login window keyboard layout?

I type using a keyboard layout other than the standard QWERTY. This question will apply to those who type using Dvorak, Colemak, QWERTZ, or any other international or non-standard keyboard layout. My ...
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Ordering an iPhone from different region

So I ordered an iPhone SE from Apple.com It delivers in United States, But I Live in Georgia(Middle East) and The phone will be send to me by mail. I ordered a phone with unlocked carrier but i'm ...
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UK keyboard layout \ and ` swapped even with ISO keyboard and British PC layout

Normally to get and \ the right way round for a British keyboard you need to change the keyboard layout toBritish - PC`, and you need to convince MacOS that you have an ISO keyboard, rather than an ...
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Localise App Store App Name when name is taken

When adding a new app to the App Store, I usually use the English (UK) localisation as I’m in the UK. Searching for the app name I plan to use, I see it’s already taken, but I’m assuming only for the ...
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Music.app on iOS: use a different language other than the system language?

As explained in the title, I want to use Music.app in a different language other than the system language. However, unlike many other apps, it doesn't offer such an option in settings. I'm ...
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Incorrect phone number format when dialing from iPhone

iPhoneXs iOS 13.4 (also affected 13.3.x) Carrier: AT&T e-SIM (no physical SIM) On a recent trip out of the U.S. I added a 2nd SIM card and a local calling plan (Turkcell) so I could use my phone ...
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Why does iOS Speak Selection read "2020" as "2020 inches" in English (UK)?

I've been using Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Speak Selection to read some articles from various websites on my iOS 13.3.1 iPhone 8. Whenever it reads "2020" (without the quotes), it ...
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Write in English using a foreign keyboard layout on iPad

As a bilingual user, this is something that have frustrated me for a while now. The OS defaults to changing the keyboard layout along with the input language. However, physical keys don’t move around ...
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Keyboard: how to enforce option-X system shortcuts when a program intercepts these shortcuts?

I’m entering some less-used characters using option-key combination, eg option-o for ø on US layout (or ó on Polish layout). Unfortunately, some programs (namely IntelliJ/Android Studio) interpret ...
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Why does my MacBook not display the date and time in Welsh?

In "Languages and Region" I have set my only language to be Cymraeg (Welsh). It is the only one in the list of preferred languages. However, the date in the top bar is in english. If I change the ...
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Using the three finger tap Dictionary.app, is there a way to add an English to Chinese dictionary? [duplicate]

As the topic states: Using the three finger tap word lookup, is there a way to add an English to Chinese dictionary? Or is there any available?
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iPhone calendar showing Chinese months

Some things are in English and other are (I’m guessing) in Chinese. How do I change my language settings to English.
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How to use a shortcut with a special character which requires ALT or SHIFT key to be pressed?

I have an application which has some shortcuts defined in combination with some special characters: On my keyboard's layout, to get a forward slash character (/) I have to press SHIFT+7. I tried to ...
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Stop tilde and grave acting as deadkeys on French Macbook Pro keyboard (AZERTY)

I have a 2015 Macbook Pro running Mojave where internal keyboard is French AZERTY (ISO) type as shown here: Pressing grave (the key next to return) or tilde (Alt-Gr n) act as a dead keys. Input ...
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Activating more type accents on macOS

I have MacBook Pro and using Mojave currently. I would like to add more type accents to my standart U.S. Q keyboard(or at least find an easy way to type 2 characters from my mother-tongue(Turkish). I ...
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MacOS Catalina keyboard layout

After Catalina upgrade I have noticed my keyboard layout is different. I was using Croatian (e.g. Y was Z, @ was opt+shift+2). Now it is switched to "Croatian - PC" which resembles Windows keyboard ...
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