How To Change Language in GIMP?

How to change GIMP language?

The GIMP language can easily be changed by opening the GIMP interface, and going to the menu edit > preferences > interface > language, and selecting the GIMP language to use in the interface, before continuing image editing with simple functions such as drawing straight lines in GIMP, or more advanced functions like batch image resizing with GIMP.

GIMP: change language in menu preferences

See below detailed walk-through to change GIMP language.

Change GIMP language detailed steps

Start by opening the GIMP interface, and going to the menu Edit, in which the submenu Preferences will appear.

Then, once in the GIMP preferences, open the Interface screen, which contains the language option as a drop down menu.

In the language drop down menu, the option selected by default will most likely be the system default language.

Select another one of the languages proposed to switch the GIMP interface to that language.

After having selected the language, do not forget to press OK to register the change.

Once the new language has been selected, restart the GIMP program by first closing, and then opening it again.

The interface should now load in the new language, and will be fully translated accordingly.

How to change GIMP language to English?

If you have by mistake changed the GIMP language and don’t understand the menus anymore, you can easily get GIMP in English back by going to below menu and select English language instead of the one currently select to get GIMP in English.

How to change GIMP language to English? Change language in menu Edit > Preferences > Interface > Language

Another way to get GIMP in English without using the preferences menu, is to create a batch file that will select the GIMP language to use and start the program on your behalf.

set lang=en
start "GIMP" "C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\bin\gimp-2.10.exe"

Create a new text file, and type above code in Notepad++ or another text editor. Change the language to the one you want, and eventually update GIMP version to the one installed on your computer.

Rename the file as .BAT file, such as “STARTGIMP.BAT”, and double click on that file from your Windows Explorer: it will start GIMP in English language!

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Comments (1)

 2020-12-23 -  Pablo Jimenez
Thank you so much for your help!

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