Change language without reinstalling?

Explorer ,
Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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Hello:

Does anyone know if there's a way to change the default language of After Effects without uninstalling and reinstalling? I've found tons of articles on how to do it with older versions, but none of them are current.

Thank you.

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Explorer , Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019
Hello:Thank you. I tried that, but unfortunately that only affects MacOS/Finder, but not After Effects. I just re-installed after all. I tried searching everywhere for a different solution, but it seems that there's no way to change the language in CC like you used to be able to in CS. Oh well. Re-installing wasn't that bad. I was just trying to avoid the hassle, but it worked out okay.Thank you for your help.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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Hello,

If you are a Windows user and want to switch any languages to English, you create an empty text file and save it named ae_force_english.txt into My Docuument folder.

If you are a Mac user, you switch the language in System preferences -> Language & Region.

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Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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Thank you. I'm on a Mac, and my After Effects is in English already. I'm trying to temporarily change it to either Italian or German.

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New Here ,
Mar 17, 2019 Mar 17, 2019

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Nice. It works on windows 10.

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New Here ,
Apr 03, 2020 Apr 03, 2020

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hey so im on a mac and i changed it from spanish to english but it doesnt seem to work

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New Here ,
May 05, 2020 May 05, 2020

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Thank you! I don't know why the Adobe CC language system is so terrible but this fix worked (for now). even if you have to ask your self why this should work in the first place >.<

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New Here ,
May 20, 2020 May 20, 2020

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¡Funcionó, Gracias!

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New Here ,
Jul 28, 2020 Jul 28, 2020

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wow, it works like charm. Thank you

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New Here ,
May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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Thank you. This black magic worked. 

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Aug 25, 2021 Aug 25, 2021

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Wow! It worked
Thanks 

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Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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LATEST

Thankyou so much 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019

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Hello,

You just change the order of the language to set it. You move Italian or German up to the top.

https://9to5mac.com/2018/08/09/mac-how-to-change-language-and-region/

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Explorer ,
Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019

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Hello:

Thank you. I tried that, but unfortunately that only affects MacOS/Finder, but not After Effects. I just re-installed after all. I tried searching everywhere for a different solution, but it seems that there's no way to change the language in CC like you used to be able to in CS. Oh well. Re-installing wasn't that bad. I was just trying to avoid the hassle, but it worked out okay.

Thank you for your help.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019

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Indeed. The only way to change the language of an CC app (that is already installed on your computer) is by reinstalling it:
» Change the language setting of your Creative Cloud apps

ToolfarmJP's trick only works for 'Creative Suite' apps.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 14, 2020 Nov 14, 2020

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sorry for necroposting, but I think someone might find it useful in the future.

actually, there's another way to change AE language without reinstalling.

if you're on Windows, go to the installation folder of your AE (like C:/Program Files/Adobe/After Effects CC 2018)

- then navigate to Support Files---Dictionaries

- find the .DAT file with your current language (mine was like after_effects_ru_RU.dat). it may be inside the folder with your current language (mine was in the folder ru_RU)

- rename it to your desired language (like after_effects_en_US.dat)

- restart AE

- enjoy!

No reinstalling needed.

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New Here ,
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 02, 2020

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WOW, perfect!!

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New Here ,
May 06, 2021 May 06, 2021

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You are my savior! Thank you, bratan!!!! It was useful for me too!

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Community Beginner ,
May 06, 2021 May 06, 2021

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New Here ,
Sep 10, 2021 Sep 10, 2021

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WoW!!! It worked on after effects 2021!!

Thank you soo much!!!

You are a genius!!

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New Here ,
Sep 25, 2021 Sep 25, 2021

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Will this work backwards? If I want to change it to whatever it was before.

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New Here ,
Oct 20, 2021 Oct 20, 2021

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WOW This worked!! And so simple. Thank you 🙂

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 28, 2021 Oct 28, 2021

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THANK YOU DUDE

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New Here ,
Nov 16, 2021 Nov 16, 2021

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Thanks a lot!!

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Explorer ,
Nov 20, 2021 Nov 20, 2021

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That's working great. The only problem is, after every update you have to do it again

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New Here ,
Dec 20, 2021 Dec 20, 2021

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Thank you! It worked nicely.

 

btw: You don't have to change the txt file name into anything. As long as you change the txt file in your language's folder into anything else, it works.

Apparently if AE doesn't find the right txt file in installed language folder it defaults to English.

 

So, my file was "after_effects_es_ES.txt" (Spanish from Spain). I changed it to "after_effects_es_ES - WoopityDoo.txt" and, done! After Effects is in now English. Great!

 

Thanks again!

PS:

 

For a lark, I tried copying another language txt file into "my" folder to see if I can change from any language to any other language with this method but, no...

I copied "after_effects_fr_FR.txt" into the "es_ES" folder and instead of getting AE in French I still got English

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