Change your Adobe Language back to English easily

//Change your Adobe Language back to English easily

Change your Adobe Language back to English easily

So.. you must be like a buddy of mine who went out and got themselves a copy of PhotoShop in a not so legitimate way. Of course as he tells the story, its legit and paid for. Which will always make me grin and laugh. Why, you ask? Simple. If you spent 400-3500 dollars on any given Adobe product and got it in the wrong language well that in it of itself is just plain funny. What adds character to how funny that is, the claim of it being legit, and not being able to go to Adobe Systems and exchange your copy saying “Whoops, I messed up.. can I get a copy in English please? Here is my receipt number.”\r\n\r\nTo me, you with a copy of any Adobe product PhotoShop or otherwise with another language outside of any that you may speak says.. You made like a capitan on the seven seas and decided to go plunder some treasure trove of its fruits, and just downloaded a random copy of PhotoShop from somewhere not so legitimate. I’d rather hear you plundered it than be lied to like I’m going to run to the authorities and say “OMG!!! My Buddy is a Haxor, he’s got photoshop”.. Please.. I’d much more likely give you a pat on the back for being so crafty and savy enough to go out and do it. Not that I support such a notion, but none the less..\r\n\r\nAnyway your obviously not here looking to hear me rant on about the legitimacy of software and how its bad to not get it through proper channels, your not here to read about how my buddy got his, and I made fun of him for it.. You are hear so you can get your not so legit copy of PhotoShop back to English from what ever language your stuck in currently.\r\n\r\nChances are you’ve already gone through the software prefs and found that you have a single option for choice of language, maybe 2 or more depending on the region it was release for. Either way though nothing in English.. Also you have likely googled a bit to try and figure it out yourself I mean your hear aren’t you? In your searches how many pages did you come across that said its not possible? You read something along the lines of each installer and serial there of is set to a specific language(s) and that’s that. Well I know I read a few like that before figuring out my solution that I am finally deciding to share here with you.\r\n\r\nSo first the logic, most will have you believe the language is hardcoded in impossible to change. To those arrogant people I simply say. Where is Adobe HQ? Its in America correct? America is predominately english speaking. That said the software is likely to be developed in english, which to me say Language Pack.. and you know what (I was right with that thought). Finding it however was a bit tricky. So now that I’ve said that heres your answer .\r\n\r\nWhether it be on Mac or Windows and it be PhotoShop CS4+ (I’ve confirmed this on Windows 7 with CS5 and on Mac with OSX Lion with CS5.5). The way to get your copy of PhotoShop to default back to its original language is to basically remove the language pack. Personally I saved mine and just gave it a .bak extension (ya never know). So all you have to do is….\r\n\r\nFirst close PhotoShop, we don’t want it running during this.\r\n\r\nNext go to your PhotShop installed folder, in it you will see a folder “Locales” open that folder and you are presented with even more folders we are looking for “es_*” the * in this case being whatever two letter country code for the language(s) installed. Open that folder and you will be presented with even more folders. Open the folder “Support Files”. Now we are looking for a file similar to “tw1042.dat” the numbers may be different for you in the case of my buddies copy this was it. Either way the “tw” and the “.dat” remain despite the numbers. You may have more than one of these files as well in this folder. For all of them just either delete them or play it smart and rename the extension to “.bak”\r\n\r\nLastly reopen PhotoShop when its loaded take note of your menu’s now. They should be in english. YAY! Super simple and easy Hack for you and the “impossible” task that most will have you believe it is.e
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  1. Daniel December 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks worked great.

  2. Dimples January 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Thaaank you 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Masood January 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I’ve hardy commented on any post ever. You saved my life! 😀 😀 \n\nMany thanks 😀 😀

  4. Khan February 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    well after doing this, only the language of Photoshop changes, what about the rest, like flash, illustrator,…?

    • chris February 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Not sure if my previous reply went through or not. So to paraphrase. To the best of my knowledge. This should work in concept with other adobe products, or in general any products with language packs. Generally speaking in almost all cases a language pack is an override to the built in defaults. Seeing as Adobe is headquatered in the U.S. its probable to think that the default language in development is English. So in that finding the language pack specific to flash, illustrator, other.. and doing similar that is mentioned here should work the same. In all though each app has its own pack, so where they are located for each one, Im sure isn’t to far off in concept as it is with Photoshop, but its likely within the app specific folders just as it is with photoshop.

  5. Joe in Buenos Aires May 29, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Excellent fix!!

  6. Jack June 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

    thanks, worked a treat!

  7. Juan Carlos Honduras June 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Chris, your the best, thank you man!

  8. breezy September 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    you are a genius…thanks!!

  9. Cesar September 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Thanks, that really help me my photoshop sc4 was in Spanish and i need use some action in english – Now everything is working!\r\n\r\nThanks againa 🙂

  10. Raul Erazo September 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Very niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.. Thankk you! been looking for this for a long time… Excellent post!

  11. Bonnie September 30, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    AWESOME!!!! Do you have an answer for Illustrator as well?

    • chris September 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      I don’t have a post about changing it for Illustrator. However working in the industry of software development. I know that generally speaking, software made in large like Adobe Products tend to have specific rules to development, so things stay somewhat uniform across platforms and products. In that, chances are (again I can’t 100% confirm this but chances are good) that just like with photoshop, there is a preloaded language pack. Knowing what I do of Illustrator and knowing that it is a standalone product it likely does have its own language pack.nnConsidering also that the companies primary language is English its also a safe bet if you follow this post chances are like with photoshop the language will just default to english.

  12. Ouerghemmi Yessine November 12, 2013 at 1:47 am

    ok thank you bro , i tried it and it worked and guess what guys ???!!! I figured out how to change the language of my illustrator, It was french by default and I went trying to find a similar file to that of photoshop to modify it and there not one…and you won’t find so I tried something else and believe it or not i’m not a programmer I just tried it and it worked for …I deleted a folder called fr_FR in ==> Program files–>Adobe–>Adobe Illustrator cs6(64Bit)–>Support Files–>Contents–>Windows . Thats it the folder contained folders named fr_FR and en_GB I deleted the one indicating french language (You have to delete the one of your language) and it worked…You may have an empty workspace after doing it and running it for the 1st time but thats no problem you can rearrange back your workspace and saving it …voila Hope this works for you 🙂

    • VFace February 18, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      I’ve tried the same thing and it worked well !\r\nAnd then Illustrator kept on crashing every time I open it 🙁

  13. greg November 24, 2013 at 2:26 am

    My god, thank you.

  14. guest January 16, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for this post. Works great for Photoshop. Here’s something to tackle: People have posted that to change the language of Premiere, Encore, After Effects (in this example, CS5, Master Suite, Mac), you ctl-click on the program icon >show package contents>resources>AMT>change the name of the language file in there (for example, if it’s es_ES (Spanish), then you change both the text of the file, and the file name itself, to en_EN for English). This works great for AE and Premiere; however, It didn’t seem to work in Encore, which refuses to start once ANY language file is modified, even to one of the non-English. It starts up when it’s changed back, but that’s it. Is there a deeper layer that can fix this? Maybe the ability to trick it into reading English some other way? Or is there something that could be blocking the booting up if the language file has changed, that can be altered? Reinstalling it in English is not an option, although it is able to be installed in other languages, but still cannot modify the file. Deleting the language file results in boot trouble as well. I even tried replacing the AMT and AMT Languages folders with some from another (English but non-working) copy of Encore. That didn’t work either, and uninstall/reinstall or rebooting did not fix the issue. Thank you, and I’ll check back on this comment page in case you post, since I’m having some email issues. Thx so much =)

  15. Ed September 19, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    OMG this is Damn Good!!!

  16. jeramel October 31, 2015 at 9:21 am

    great:) it works…\r\n..

  17. Happy hippo November 16, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    GOLD! Like a charm

  18. sayeed December 6, 2015 at 7:37 am

    thanks works great

  19. Halle Garcia February 7, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you!!

  20. Cat March 21, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Another way to change your language is to ask for the folders with the language you want, copy and paste them on the right location and erase or change the name of the old language folder you had (backup).\r\n\r\nIn my case I had a friend who wanted to change his adobe programs to English and I just had to send him the folders and voilá ! Worked like a charm !

  21. Ozzy April 18, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    I love this!!!! Unfortunately, like others, I cannot find the equvialent for Illustrator or InDesign. I have a legit copy, but live and study in a country that is not anglophone. And I struggle to use it in their lingo (pariticularly if I need to look up a tutorial etc).

  22. KD June 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    it’s awesome thank u sir

  23. hardikhan September 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Excellent! it works. Thanks greatly Mr. Christopher

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