Are you living in a non-English country, but you are using English language in Windows? I absolutely hate localized Windows, because my language simply doesn’t work with computer terminology. However, even when you set Windows to use English language during installation, integrated apps like Calendar, Alarm, Calculator, Music, Video etc that come with Windows 10 automatically gets localized in my native language. Meaning entire Windows OS is in English, but the apps that are integrated in it are in my own native language. You can imagine my OCD going insane. It was like this in Windows 8.1, but I could never really find the solution… until now 🙂
Changing language of integrated Windows 10 apps to English language:
- Right click on Start and select Control Panel…
- Click on Add language under Clock, Language, and Region category.
- Click Add language and search for English.
You’ll find bunch of versions, I personally prefer English (United States), you can pick United Kingdom or even Australia… After you’ve picked the one you like, click Add button below.
There should be two languages listed in your panel…
- Select English one and click Move up which will force it to be the default language.
- Click Options on the right (within the English profile) and click Add an input method.
This time, select your own language, so that you’ll have proper support for your local special letters and symbols on your keyboard.
- Click Add when you’ve found your own language.
- Click Remove button next to US language entry.
- Click Save button below.
You’ve set all the necessary things. You can check language of integrated apps by going into Start, clicking All apps and scrolling through the list. If all the integrated apps like Alarm, Calendar, Music etc are in English, you’ve done it right.
To finish it off properly…
- Go to Control Panel and then Change date, time, or number formats.
- Select Administrative tab and click Copy Settings… button.
- Tick both checkboxes below and click OK.
There you go. It looks complicated, but it’s really easy. By doing this last step, you ensure all the future new profiles will use these settings as well as certain locations like Welcome screen that don’t use custom settings by default after you set them.