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Safari language problem

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LukaaFilm Calculating status...
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Oct 26, 2013 7:13 AM

Safari 7 has been having an odd behavior on my Mac during the last few months. Note that I updated to OS X Mavericks a few months ago, using the Developer preview.


My main concern is that my menus are both in French and English. I want everything in French, but the top bar is in English (File/Edit/View/History/Bookmarks/Window/Help), and when I click on one of those, some options in the menus are in English, and some others are in French. It is very random. For example, the toolbar (under View), has 2 options : the first is in French, "Masquer la barre d'outils" (Hide toolbar), the other is in English (Customize toolbar...).


Safari is the only app on my Mac that is concerned. There seems to be nothing wrong with my Language preferences in the Mac's System Settings.


Now I do have a hypothesis, which could be completely wrong : I suspect the app Clean My Mac 2 to be the culprit. The app is known for sometimes deleting some files which are supposed to be useless to get some space back on the hard drive, particularly languages files.


Anyway, whether my hypothesis right or wrong is, I would love to be able to uninstall Safari before re-installing it, but I don't know if that is possible with Mavericks. As far as I know, Safari 7 itself can't be downloaded from, it kind of comes in a package with OS X, right? But I don't even want to think about installing OS X 10.9 all over again, just to get that thing right!


Any ideas?


By the way this is my first thread on Apple Support Communities, so hi, and thanks to anyone who reads this for all the solutions I've found on here over the years.

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,470 points)
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    Oct 26, 2013 7:29 AM (in response to LukaaFilm)

    You're right, there's no download for Safari 7, although if you kept the Mavericks installer, Pacifist will let you extract any item from it, including the Safari application.


    Does this problem persist as  a Guest user, or in Safe mode ?.


    Download speeds aside, reinstalling via Recovery or the App store should be any trouble, beyond some time spent waiting.

  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,470 points)
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    Oct 26, 2013 9:14 AM (in response to LukaaFilm)

    If it's just Safari, there's a copy in the Recovery partition, with (here anyway) the same version number, albeit a few bytes different in size.

  • Achim63 Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2013 8:07 AM (in response to LukaaFilm)

    I have the same problem - all menus are English instead of German (the top language set in system preferences). The developer menu is German though, as are some of the menu items in the other menus. Changing the system preferences back and forth and restarting Safari didn't help.


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