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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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Invoking shortcut via Siri overrides dictation language specification

When I activate a shortcut using Siri, the language specification in the Dictation action appears to be ignored, causing the Dictation to use the phone's default language rather than the one specified....
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Photo memories created in a different language

I'm using Apple Cloud photo library. From time to time new photo memory is created and shared with me on my iPhone photo widget (see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207023 to see exact feature I'm ...
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How can I make my caps lock indicate the current input language?

After a decade on Linux, I've recently transitioned to an ARM MacBook for its convenience and user experience. On my previous Linux-powered HP, I configured the Caps Lock LED to indicate when the ...
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MacOS Pinyin input method currency symbol

From what I gathered, it seems that the Pinyin simplified input method hardcoded that Shift+4 inputs a Yuan symbol ¥, and I don't see a way to change it to other currency symbols. I would like it to ...
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Is it possible to choose which language to send in Safari and Safari web app requests?

I'm seeking a method to select the language preference for webpages while using Safari 17.1 on Sonoma 14.1. In my specific use case, the OS language is set to English (UK) as the primary language and ...
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Removing language icon from input fields after upgrading to macOS Sonoma

After upgrading my operating system from macOS Ventura to macOS Sonoma, I've noticed that now when I change the input language, an icon indicating the current language appears in the input fields. ...
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MacBook Pro password contains #\~- symbols how do i get this correct

I have just purchased a new MacBook Pro and having a lot of difficulty trying to log in, the keyboard has been set to British and my password contains the following characters # I press the following ...
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How to make Safari reader use appropriate language for website content?

Suppose that I'm a person who uses Safari Reader to read webpages out loud, and that I'm multilingual and like to consume content in more than one language. (English and Spanish, say.) If I set my ...
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Some apps unexpectedly sorting "Aa" after "Z" (Danish Collation)

This is on Ventura 13.5.2, a machine where I've migrated through many computers and versions of Mac OS X, so there could be some lingering cruft causing this problem. To the best of my knowledge, I've ...
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Customising the system locale’s date format in recent macOS versions

It used to be possible to freely customize the system date format in Mac OS preferences up to some 10.x version with a nice and flexible editor. In current Ventura, there’s only a selection of ...
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What affects the color of the input source icon in Ventura?

I noticed that on my machine the icon of the ABC and U.S. input source (either set as default) has a filled in background, but on my friend's machine the same input source has a clear background. I've ...
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iOS French keyboard - how to get rid of " spaces around quotes "?

I use French keyboard as a second layout, for English too. It's nice, but one MAJOR problem drives me nuts - weirdly styled quotes formatting. Look: Spaces are added between quotes and words inside ...
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Error message about `cal` regarding locale

MacOS 12.6.5, running zsh: I just noticed, that when I type cal I get the error message cal: setlocale: No such file or directory along with the calender to be displayed. Why is this the case? More ...
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tar can't extract the archive - tar: "Failed to set default locale" [duplicate]

I have set LANG to en_GB.utf8. I received a tar archive, which I can list fine with tar tf FILENAME, but when I want to extract it with tar xf FILENAME, no file is extracted, and I get the error ...
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How to enter Hungarian characters ő (long ö) and ű (long ü) on a Mac with German keyboard layout?

I found that I can write characters with single acute accent, but there is no double acute accent present on my German keyboard. What is the simplest and shortest workaround to enter ő (long ö) and ű (...
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iPad restrictions in the UAE

I'm looking at buying a new iPad (M1 Air version) and I have two options: either from the UAE or one that's imported from the US. The one on the UAE is actually cheaper (special circumstances) and I ...
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Translate recorded message on iPhone

A person left message in foreign language (Mandarin) on my iPhone. Please inform what should be done for translate it by voice and have text of this message.
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When changing keyboard input language, I want to change the font size too

I take notes (in Notes mainly) in both English and Korean, so I switch keyboard input language frequently. A font size of 13 is good for english, but the Korean characters are more readable with a ...
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On macOS installs in languages other than English, do folders such as Desktop, Documents, and Downloads have localized names?

I always set up my mac to use (Australian) English but if I installed it choosing a different language, would that change the names of the user folders such as Desktop, Documents, Downloads, etc? And ...
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How can I change the Han character font in the search list of Dictionary.app?

I’ve created a custom dictionary with the Dictionary Development Kit and added it to Dictionary.app on my Mac. It’s working fine but there is one stylistic issue I would like to fix. The dictionary is ...
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How do I display both Gregorian and Persian dates in the Calendar app?

How do I display both Gregorian and Persian dates in the Calendar app? It only allows "lunar" alt calendars, not Jalali/Persian calendars.
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How to turn of [Fn] key changing keyboard language in Monterey

I just upgraded to Monterey and am being driven a bit spare by accidental language switching resulting from the side of my hand hitting the fn key on my Magic Keyboard. Is there a way to disable this? ...
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MacOS Ventura Date Format Broken

In System Settings, General, Language & Region, Date format, I choose year/month/day. But Finder still shows dates in confusing month/day/year. This was not a problem prior to updating macOS to ...
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Safari translates all languages... except Korean?

Safari on macOS offers page translations for nearly any language I throw at it. Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French. But not Korean. This behavior is strange. On iOS 16, Safari will translate Korean ...
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How to prevent Safari from offering translation for the primary language of the device?

As the title is self-descriptive, despite my device's primary language is English, Safari still offers translations for the pages in English. How can I prevent Safari from offering translation for the ...
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Remapping keyboard shortcuts to use with international keyboards?

I have been using the french version of a DVORAK keyboard layout, called BÉPO, for several years. However I’m increasingly facing an annoying problem: with the multiplication of Electron apps among ...
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How do I use shortcuts with the left square bracket [ key when there is none?

I'm using an M1 MacBook Air with a Swedish keyboard and there is no left square bracket [ key though I can do that bracket easily by pressing ⌥ Option + 8 . Xcode, however, has several shortcuts ...
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Change system-wide default font for a particular language

The default macOS font for Persian/Arabic is quite bad (IMO). Is it possible to change the system-wide default font for particular languages? I guess I'm looking for the equivalent of fontconfig rules ...
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Keep folder names the same on all places

I localized my Mac to Brazilian Portuguese so the folder names appear as "Imagens", "Documentos" in Finder, but on the terminal the English names are kept: "Documents", &...
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MacBook Pro Latin American layout keyboard with USA keyboard configuration compatibility

I decided to buy an Apple MacBook Pro in my country but the layout is a bit different from the English distribution. The only question I have is if I will have any problem with the keys >< and Z....
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Disable diacritics auto insertion like á and é on macOS

I need to work on an old iMac sporting High Sierra for some time. The problem I have is that pressing the keys ' then e outputs é, when I would like it to simply print 'e. Same for ' then a. I am ...
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How to change macOS region using the Terminal?

I am using macOS Monterey version 12.4. I need to change the region using just the Terminal, how can I do it? I tried to edit ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist and change AppleLocale ...
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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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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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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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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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