Changing language settings in Chrome for Windows 10

By Emmanuel Dairo | August 14, 2019 |

greater than 8 minutes

Google Chrome is the best overall browser on the market, whether for computer or mobile browsing. It has also cornered the lion’s share of the market, and it is easy to see why. Its combination of size, speed and awesome features render it unbeatable by the competition. Not that Google is about to rest on its laurels: new features and improvements are constantly being made to keep Chrome ahead of the curve.

As the browser expanded to become the number one choice for global users, the range of languages it supports has also increased significantly. Originally shipping with just a few Western and Eastern languages in 2008, Chrome now supports over 100 languages — and you can change your browser’s default language to any one of those.

To be clear, we are talking about the language of the Chrome user interface here. That is, the language of menus, settings, tabs and other UX elements. The language in which web pages are rendered is another matter: Chrome can translate most of these — but not to every language, and not always with a high degree of accuracy.

Though display language can be modified in Chrome for all platforms, we’re focusing on Chrome for Windows here. Unlike on mobile, Apple and Linux platforms where the Chrome UX language changes according to the system language, the language in the Windows version of Chrome can be changed independently. This means your computer can be set to English while your Chrome browser can render UX elements in French or Mandarin.

So, if you’re looking for ways to change my Google Chrome language to English or another language, you don’t need to go rummaging around in the Control Panel or Windows Settings app. You can kick things off right from within Chrome. Read on to find out how.

How to Change Language Settings in Google Chrome

First of all, we must access the Chrome Settings menu. Open Chrome and click the three vertical dots —  also known as the Hamburger — menu icon. Doing this will display the Chrome menu with a list of options arranged vertically.

Next, click on the Settings option to reveal a page of core Chrome settings that significantly adjust Chrome behaviour in some way. You can jump to settings by typing “chrome://settings in the address bar instead.

What we are looking for isn’t immediately apparent in the Settings menu. You will have to scroll down a bit until you find the minimized vertical dropdown arrow labeled “Advanced”, which is at the very bottom of the page. Click on that to reveal even more extensive settings — we did tell you Chrome has a lot of features, did we not?

From here, there’s a bit more scrolling to be done. Keep your eyes on the page as you move down. Stop when you find the Languages section. Under this section, you’ll see a “Language” setting and a “Spell check” setting. The former is what we’re interested in here.

The Language setting tells you which language the Chrome UX is currently set to. If you need to be told that information in, well, green and white, there is a “Google Chrome is displayed in this language” notification in smaller font under the language. Click on the dropdown arrow to the right of the language to expand the setting.

You will see a list of extra preset languages. Sometimes, what you see is another variant of the language you’re currently using. For example, English (United States), English (United Kingdom), or English (Australia). If the language or variant you want to change to is listed, click the three vertical dots to the left of its tab and tick the “Display Google Chrome in this language” checkbox. There is also an option to “Offer to translate pages to this language”. If you also tick its checkbox, Chrome will ask you whether you wish to translate a web page you’re viewing to the selected language.

That should be that, you say? Well, not quite. Often, the language you wish to use isn’t listed when you expand the “Language” setting. In that case, there is an “Add languages” link at the bottom of the expanded languages list. Clicking that opens a pop-up box which displays a list of all languages supported in Chrome.

Scroll down to find the language you want and tick the checkbox to its left. You can select more than one language and they’ll all be added to the Languages section of Chrome so you can easily select them in the future. The languages in the pop-up window are arranged alphabetically, so you have a lot of scrolling down to do if your desired language begins with a later letter of the alphabet. You can use the search bar at the top to quickly find the language you want.

Once you’re satisfied with your selection of languages, click the blue Add button at the bottom left of the Window to close the window and add those languages to the Language list.

Now click the three vertical dots next to the added language and tick the “Display Google Chrome in this language” checkbox. Don’t forget to also tick the second checkbox if you wish Chrome to prompt you asking if you want to translate a web page into this language.

A Relaunch button will appear next to the new language you have selected. Once your work in the Languages section of Chrome is done, click this button and the browser will restart so the changes can take effect.

To sum up:

  • Open Chrome and click the menu icon.
  • Click Settings.
  • Scroll down and click Advanced.
  • In the Languages section, expand the languages list or click “Add languages”, select the desired ones and click the Add button.
  • Click the three vertical dots next to your desired language and tick the “Display Google Chrome in this language” checkbox.
  • Click the Relaunch button to load Chrome in your selected language.

Congratulations, you’ve changed your default Chrome language. You can now navigate Chrome settings, menu, and view browsing options in your favourite language.

However, even with the superb features packed in Chrome and its ease of use, nonetheless, many users find it somewhat slow and buggy sometimes, especially in Windows 10. This is more pronounced on older systems that use dated hardware. But even on newer models, Chrome is a moderately demanding application that puts some strain on the computer’s graphics display.

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Using Auslogics BoostSpeed to eliminate performance errors and speed-reducing issues will indubitably make Chrome faster and smoother. For best results, you can update your drivers as well so your computer’s video card can be better optimized with the latest versions of Chrome on Windows 10.

You can update your drivers in three ways: through Device Manager, manually, or automatically. Each one has its merits and demerits, but they’re all means to the same end — getting your hardware-control software up to date so you can use it without facing issues.

  • Update with Device Manager

To use this method, you should first of all find all the hardware drivers that are in need of updating or reinstalling:

  • Open Device Manager. Use Windows key + X to access the Windows Tools menu and click Device Manager from the list.
  • Click the Action tab in the Device Manager window and click the Scan for Hardware changes option.
  • Missing or problematic drivers will be displayed with yellow triangle or exclamation marks. Sometimes, the driver marked in yellow will also be greyed out.
  • Right-click one of the marked drivers and click Update Driver Software.
  • In the next window, select the ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’ option.
  • Wait for Windows to finish searching for, downloading and installing the required software.
  • At this point, you will be asked to restart your computer. You may decline right now.
  • In the main Device Manager window, click on another problematic driver and perform the steps described above again. Do this for all the drivers highlighted in yellow.
  • When you’ve finished updating all of them, restart your computer.

In a few cases, Windows might return a message that a specific device is up to date or it cannot find the updated version of a device driver. You might want to visit the manufacturer’s website to manually download the latest driver, then. Once you’ve unzipped the driver and placed it somewhere convenient, return to Device Manager, right-click the driver as usual and select Update Driver Software. In the next window, click the Browse my computer for driver software option, use the Browse button to navigate to where you placed the downloaded driver to select and install it.

Most of the time, you don’t need to go to these lengths. Just expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” node, right-click your graphics card, and select “Update Device Software”. Then follow the process as described above.

  • Update drivers manually

As long as you know what you are looking for, you can proceed to the manufacturer’s website to download the latest hardware drivers for the devices on your computer. You will need to ensure that the name and model of your hardware corresponds to the driver you have downloaded. Moreover, you must make sure that the driver you downloaded is the right one for your operating system.

It is a lot of work if you’re updating multiple device drivers developed by different manufacturers. This is compounded by the fact that some of these OEMs are hard to track down online and the drivers you are looking for might be tucked away in some obscure corner of their website. Even so, as long as you have the will and put in the effort, you will most likely get what you need in the end.

Once you’ve downloaded everything on your computer, click a driver file and let the installer guide you through the installation. You might have to extract the driver file from an archive first before you can proceed with the installation. Repeat the process for each downloaded driver file.

  • Update drivers automatically

If you don’t have the time to labour over finding whichever driver is responsible for the error you’re getting, you can just update all your drivers in one fell swoop. This not only brings your hardware drivers up to date but also eliminates the problematic driver by replacing it with a new/uncorrupted version. As a matter of fact, the most effective way to get rid of driver-related errors is by updating all your drivers. You can automatically bring your drivers up to date with Auslogics Driver Updater.

Auslogics Driver Updater is a safe, fast and intuitive tool that updates all drivers on your PC in one click to prevent device conflicts and ensure smooth hardware operation. It will give you a report on outdated or missing drivers it detects, and let you quickly update them to the latest manufacturer-recommended versions.

Here is how to use Auslogics Driver Updater:

  • Download and install the software.
  • Launch Auslogics Driver Updater and connect your PC to the internet.
  • Click the green “Start Search” button and Driver Updater will search your system for faulty, missing and outdated drivers.
  • A list of drivers that require updates will be shown by category. Click “Expand list” to view them all.

If you like what you’ve seen, you can upgrade to the full version. It will scan your devices and update them all with a single click to ensure smoother performance.

It is always recommended to bring all the drivers on your machine to the latest version. You might think a certain hardware driver might be the culprit and want to update just that one, but updating everything insures you against regret if you’re mistaken. Moreover, it also replaces other problematic drivers that would eventually bring more annoyances later.

Fed up with your slow PC? Tired of waiting for Windows to start up? Take a look at the most common reasons behind poor performance and the best ways to deal with them here.
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