In a recent post, David Blatner (InDesignSecrets) offered us a free Mac OS application for InDesign to be displayed in various languages. Amazing tool for experiencing the user interface as translated for other countries. Fortunately Windows users can switch the UI too, by means of the Windows Registry.
The Windows Registry contains an
Adobe/InDesign/<version>/User Interface Locale Setting DWORD value which encodes the current application language.
• Under Windows XP systems the complete path of that magic key (ID CS4) is:
HKLM/SOFTWARE/Adobe/InDesign/6.0/User Interface Locale Setting
• Under Vista 64-bit [and Windows 7] you'll find the key at:
HKLM/SOFTWARE/Wow6432node/Adobe/InDesign/6.0/User Interface Locale Setting
(according to Igor Freiberger).
The screen capture below shows how the Registry Editor (Run › regedit) displays the UI locale value from a French Windows XP system:
Note that the locale code is 4, corresponding to the French UI. Now suppose I want to see what InDesign looks like in Italian. There's nothing to it! From the Registry Editor, let's double-click on the
User Interface Locale Setting field and change the value to b (hexadecimal) or 11 (decimal). Here is the display when I relaunch InDesign:
It's a good idea to backup the settings from the Registry Editor before playing with other values:
1) Right-click on the key (
6.0) on the left panel
2) Select Export
3) Type a file name (e.g. myIndesignLocale)
4) In the Export Range zone, make sure that Selected branch is checked, then save.
Now, if you want to revert to the initial locale setting, you just need to double-click myIndesignLocale.reg. It's also possible and easy to edit as plain text a reg file for each specific locale. The only data you need to put in the Registration File will look like this:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Adobe\InDesign\6.0] "User Interface Locale Setting"=dword:0000000b
The last line contains the hexadecimal 8-digit code of the locale:
0000000b in our example (Italian UI).
Actually I didn't find any documentation about this encoding. I share with you the result of my investigation:
(Any undefined value will turn the InDesign UI locale to en_US.)