7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 31, 2007 5:43 AM by Tom Gewecke
CanadianLiberal Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
I’m wondering how I can change the default language settings on my Macbook (10.4.7), to Canadian English; it’s spelt “colour,” “Jail,” “Centre” and “Center” (no typo).

I need this done, because my essays have to be in Canadian English. So far the best I can do is British English. I have it semi adjusted in iWork, but not in my system preferences.

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Shaffer22 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
    Hope I can help

    Go to System Preferences, and in the top row click on "International". Click on the "Language" tab. Then click on the "Edit List" button in the middle. Go down and look for "Canadian English" and make sure it is selected. Then click "Ok". Now, in the box with all of the Languages Canadian English should be at the top. If its not, drag it all the way to the top. Exit the system preferences and it should be all good.

    Good Luck,

    Jason
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,465 points)
    In any app which uses the OS X spell checker, you can select the Canadian English dictionary in Edit > Spelling > Spelling > Dictionary. For apps like MS Office you probably need to do something different. Whether putting Canadian English at the top of the Languages pane will do what you require I don't know.
  • Shaffer22 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
    You said you wanted to change the Default Language Setting. My instructions will do that for you. If you want to change the Spell Check settings, that is a different issue and you can follow the instructions in the above post. However, if you are using Microsoft Office, it is a different process, but I do not believe Microsoft offers Canadian English as an option. Only US and UK. Let me know exactly what you want to do, and what word processor you are using on a regular basis.

    Jason
  • CanadianLiberal Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    It worked in system preferences. I thought Microsoft did, it was able to do it the Windows Verison. Well that the reason, why I use iWork.

    Thanks everyone for your help.
  • Shaffer22 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
    Glad I could help!

    Jason
  • Ledzep Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi There,

    I am about to buy a Macbook and i went to an Apple store to check it out, but I back disapointed. Nobody there were able to show me how to set the input language to Portuguese to get the characters: á ó í ã ã ç ... We did change the language ... the words came in Portuguese, but i was not able to type in Portuguese. How can I do it? I have to know it before i buy the Mac book
    thanks in advance
    Edvaldo
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,465 points)
    Nobody
    there were able to show me how to set the input
    language to Portuguese to get the characters: á ó í ã
    ã ç


    That doesn't say anything good about their expertise.

    To select any input language on a Mac you go to System Preferences/International/Input Menu, check the box for the keyboard you want, plus the box for "show input menu in Finder," and then go to the "flag" menu at the top right of the Finder and select the language you want, and then type. To see which key does what, you activate Keyboard Viewer just like you activate a keyboard.

    You can also type the characters you need directly from the US layout. Here is a chart of the key combos:

    http://homepage.mac.com/thgewecke/diacritics.html