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Update for Free Change InDesign User Interface Language Posted

Back in 2009, a scripter wrote an app that let you change the user interface (UI) language of InDesign to almost anything… Greek, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and so on. This turned out to be extremely helpful in a wide variety of situations. For example, some people had an Italian version but preferred to use the English menus. Other people had the English version but really preferred seeing everything in Korean.

I wrote about the app in this article here, and noted that it was Mac-only. Fortunately, some Windows users jumped in and showed how you could do something similar there.

However, when Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” came out, some users started to write to us, saying the app no longer worked. I wouldn’t know because I’m usually among the last to ever upgrade to a new operating system. Anyway, a well-known and accomplished scripter, Ray Robertson of Scripting Events (also known by his earlier company, Scripting Matters), stepped forward to update the script/app.

You can download the new version of this Mac application here. It appears to work in 10.6 and 10.5, too. Yay!

[Note that this script no longer works for CS6 and CC and later. See this post for a new technique.]

Note that after you change your UI and relaunch InDesign, your workspace (panels, shortcuts, etc.) will be messed up! But you can fix that easily. See the section called “Workspaces and Shortcuts” in the original blog post to learn how.

If you find this script useful, please please please click the Donate button on Scripting Events and send him something. Right now, he’s donating all proceeds to a charity, but honestly, he deserves to keep some himself! Or, if you need an applescript built (especially scripts that need to automate two or more applications on the Mac), contact Ray!

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36 Comments on “Update for Free Change InDesign User Interface Language Posted

  1. When I try to use it a window pops up saying “The selected application does not contain ‘InDesign’. Please try running the script again.” I have InDesign CS5 on Macbook Pro with OSX and can’t change it from German (legally bought) to English.

  2. hey guys, my workspaces/tools and stuff dont show up after using this, I am running mountain lion. what can i do to fix this.

  3. OK, i’ve been trying to find this for ages.. and now it turns out this is not available either. How can I change the language? Please.

    • We’ve moved to a new server, and some files didn’t make it. I think it’s working now. Try again!

      • Does anyone have an update to do this in mountain lion? It seems that the file is damaged and doesn’t work!

      • Does anyone have an update for mountain lion? this one comes up as damaged and the options are to cancel or move to trash?

  4. Thanks! Changes UI language from en_GB to de_DE perfectly. Looks like it translated everything without leaving something in english. You are the Hero for my girlfriend for today.
    But she don’t know you….so i am the Hero ;-)

    Thanks a lot

  5. Hey, I can’t get it to work. I keep getting the error: “ChangeIDmenuLanguage” is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Trash.
    What should I do?

  6. Hello!

    I’m finding the same problem, I have OS 10.9
    I get the following message:
    {“” is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Trash}

    • How did you get it to do that??? I’m on Maverick too, looking at CS5 and I’m getting the same message as a bunch of other users (that the file is damaged and I should trash it). What’s going on!

  7. If the file comes up damaged in OSX 9.5 (Mavericks) you can solve it by going to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Click little padlock to make changes -> Type your password -> Choose “Everywhere” in the previously greyed out, now clickable area.

    Then try to open the downloaded script file again. It worked for me. No longer damaged.

  8. Works perfectly for cs5 on mavericks – just had to change the settings in privacy ‘allow apps downloaded from’ to ‘anywhere’

    thanks a million

  9. can you please give me a hint how to fix the type from right to left coz I can’t see the icon for that, I am already ok with the UI I just need it to type from right to left on adobe cc2017

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