Always open Open Office in English

kk karlok at
Fri May 18 03:32:16 BST 2007

kk wrote:
> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> My system is not in English, but I want Open Office to always open in
>> English. I know that I can append LANG=C to all the commands that open
>> OOo, but there are many: sometimes I click on a file in Konqueror,
>> sometimes I open OOo from the K menu, sometimes from within an email,
>> and more. Where can I configure OOo to always be in English?
>> Note that I'm not looking for an OOo-specific answer. There are other
>> apps too, such as The Gimp, that I'd simply prefer for them to be in
>> English no matter where I open them from.
> I notice that the K menu entries for OOo point to a shell script:
>     #!/bin/sh
>     export OOO_EXTRA_ARG=''
>     /usr/lib/openoffice/program/ooqstart  "$@"
> Couldn't you put LANG=C in there?  That would be OOo specific, but 
> perhaps you could do something similar for other apps.
Just to try it, I added "export LANG=de_DE.UTF-8" to the shell script 
/usr/bin/ooffice, and sure enough OOo opened in German from the K menu 
and from a file in Konqueror.


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