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I want QGIS interface in English in order to share the information with the GIS community. Using other language than English when chating with the GIS community is very difficulte. When I installed QGIS, it automatically set the language to French. Very frustrating to not have the opportunity to select my own language. I am using Windows XP in French but want Quantum GIS in English.

Thanks in advance! Doum

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It helps to me also from croatian language to english :-) – user29724 Apr 30 '14 at 8:21
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The question about changing the language from French to English in 2012 has been viewed 11210 times. It is now the end of 2015 and still a Basic English version is unavailable to download! I know this tool is available due to the goodwill of many but heck French is long winded and well Chinese might be of more use to a larger population... I'm trying to force the language change option but not sure that when I reopen QGIS that it will have stuck. Really disappointed. – MsMesem Dec 1 '15 at 20:12

Sure, just go to the options dialog:

Préférences->Options->Langue (Settings->Options->Locale)

Check Forcer la nationalité du système (Override system locale) and set you language in there.

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I found it... Options/Local then Override system local... :)

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please consider to checkmark the post by Nathan W and accept so answer and close this thread – Kurt Aug 30 '12 at 8:45

Settings (or extra) --> options --> Locale --> (click to override) then chose language --> restart the programme to apply the new settings

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