How To Set Google Chrome’s Default Language to English

How To Set Google Chrome’s Default Language to English

Jul 23, 2012

Several weeks ago I finally made the decision to switch from Firefox browser to Google’s Chrome. Why? Because until now Firefox has not yet fully resolved the ‘memory leak’ issue causing it to crashed frequently especially if you’re used to opening multiple web pages in different tabs. Unlike the Chrome browser, you won’t get the cold treatment no matter how many web pages are opened in different tabs. Honestly I’m not used to navigating menus and reading pop-up dialogs in my own language. So my problem now is how to set Google Chrome’s default language to English.

On my first try using Google’s Chrome, I am completely satisfied except for one thing. All the menus and dialogs were written in Filipino (Philippines) language. Also there are weird instances (this is what I dislike the most) that the language sometimes changes to a different (Russian, Greek) language. It’s really weird. Haven’t you experienced that before?

The step-by-step presented here originally came from Google Support pages. I just tweaked it a little so that beginners can follow the instructions smoothly.

Step 1. Click the wrench icon located at the upper (farthest) right corner of the browser window.

Step 2. Select Settings. A new tab will appear that contains all the settings you can configure.

Step 3. Scroll down until you see ‘Show advanced settings…’

Step 4. Click Show advanced settings.

Step 5. Scroll down until you see ‘Languages and spell-checker settings…’ in the Languages section.

Step 6. Click Languages and spell-checker settings button. A pop-up window will appear.

Step 7. On the left column select ‘English (United States)’. Then on the right column click ‘Display Google Chrome in this language’.

Step 8. Restart your browser by closing it and opening it again so that changes will take effect.

You might notice that after opening the Chrome browser, it will not appear instantly. Depending on your current system load it might take a while for the new settings to take effect. Be patient and do not try to open multiple instances of the Chrome browser because it might affect your system’s performance.

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  1. Eden Bolo /

    Thanks for this info. I was just given a new PC in the office and the Tagalog language of everything in Chrome’s settings was already getting to my nerves. I was able to check everything by myself except for that bit about that having to display Chrome in the English language.Well, I must have not noticed it because it was really hard to pay attention to it in Tagalog ;-P Thanks again, and keep up the good work.

    • NUTC24CK32 /

      It’s nice to hear po na even though we’re not in the same office, I’m still able to help you in other ways. 🙂

  2. dc15203 /

    Seems to happening to everyone. I found a fix that will work. Removing the Russian language and changing settings through tools won’t fix anything.
    In your browser, put in the following:
    This will force Chrome to English every time. Make sure you make this change in your home page settings.

    • NUTC24CK32 /

      Well that’s really quick. We only need to set this URL as the default homepage. Thanks for sharing!

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