Adjust fonts, languages, and encodings

Google Chrome's font and language settings let you read the web and use the browser in your native tongue. Follow these steps to change these settings:

  1. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings and go to the "Languages" section. Here are the various settings you can adjust:

    Browser interface language


    The browser interface language is used for browser menus and dialogs and it's based on the language you selected when you first downloaded Google Chrome.

    In Windows, follow these steps to change this setting:

    1. Click Language and input settings to open the "Languages" dialog.
    2. Select the language you'd like to use from the list. If the language isn't listed, first add it as one of your preferred webpage languages by clicking Add.
    3. On the right panel, click Display Google Chrome in this language.
    4. Restart the browser to apply the changes.

    Mac currently determines the browser interface language by the Language & Text setting in System Preferences. To learn how to update your system language, visit Apple Computer’s Support.

    Linux, check your system language support.

    Webpage language preferences

    Webpage language preferences help Google Chrome determine the language it should use to display a webpage. To adjust your preferences, first click Languages and input settings (Mac & Linux: Language settings) to open the "Languages" dialog. Add or remove languages from the list, and drag to order them based on your preference.

    If you're using Windows, you may need to configure your Windows language settings to add East Asian languages or languages that use complex scripts.

    Only add the languages you need, because malicious websites can use similar-looking characters from different languages to mislead you about the web address you're visiting.

    Default fonts and encodings

    In the "Web content" section, click Customize fonts to specify your standard and fix-width fonts, minimum font size, and encoding. If your default encoding doesn't correspond to the one needed by a website, text may not display properly. You can always manually adjust the font size or temporarily override the encoding for the page you're viewing.

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