How to Change the User Interface Language in LibreOffice

This tutorial will guide you through the process of changing the user interface language (also known as the display language) in the LibreOffice Suite. The user interface language refers to the language used in menus, buttons, ribbon, dialog boxes and other elements of a computer program.

Important Note: Changing the UI language in LibreOffice does not alter the default language of your documents. The document language will remain the same unless you choose to change it separately from the language options.

Also, if you cannot find the language you want to use as the display language in the settings, you might need to download and install the language pack separately from the official site.

Language packs are additional files that add support for specific languages in LibreOffice that are not included or available by default. In case, you need help with this process, please refer to our guide on how to download a separate language pack in LibreOffice.

Change User Interface Language In LibreOffice

Step 1: Open LibreOffice or one of its applications (Writer, Calc, Impress, etc.)

Step 2: Click on Tools > Options in the top menu bar, or use the keyboard shortcut Alt + F12.

Step 3: Go to Language Settings > Languages from the left panel, then select your preferred display language from the User interface: drop-down list.

Step 4: Finally, click on Apply and then restart LibreOffice to see the changes take effect.

Step 5: Once you have restarted LibreOffice, the user interface will be displayed in your selected language. Here’s an example screenshot to give you an idea of what it might look like:

Install Missing Language Pack in LibreOffice

If your preferred language isn’t available in the settings, you may need to download and install the language pack from the official LibreOffice website. This issue often arise when you don’t enable the additional language support option during the installation process.

On Windows operating system, if you already have LibreOffice installed, you do not need to reinstall it again just to enable the additional language support. You can modify the installation later by accessing the Program features from the Control Panel.

However, if you are using GNU/Linux or MacOs, you might need to download and install that specific language pack separately from the website. For detailed instructions, read how to install a language pack in LibreOffice.

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Jake Decaluwe
Jake Decaluwe
September 6, 2023 12:10 PM


I have been using LibreOffice for quite some time now, as a replacement for the Microsoft Office suite. Since I am now retired and have more time on my hands, I would like to rekindle my passion for programming.

I am interested in using LibreOffice Spreadsheet as a parameter database for a Linux shell application. I am currently exploring simple methods to retrieve field values from cell values in my shell application.

I would greatly appreciate any guidance or assistance you could provide in this regard.
Thank you very much.

Jake Decaluwe
Retired Programmer

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