Easy Way to Change the Language in SOLIDWORKS

Article by Tashayla Openshaw on Dec 19, 2020

Did you know that you can change the language in SOLIDWORKS without needing to change the language of your system? It's possible and relatively simple. 

Changing the Language in an Existing SOLIDWORKS Installation 

The easiest way to change the language in an existing SOLIDWORKS installation is by tricking SOLIDWORKS into thinking the new language is English. There must be a full installation file set for the wanted language. Follow the instructions below to modify your SOLIDWORKS installation to install the full-file set for the desired language. 

  1. Open the Control Panel 
    1. Windows Start Button > type 'Control Panel'
  2. Select 'Programs' or 'Programs and Features', and choose 'Uninstall a Program'
  3. Find the version of SOLIDWORKS to modify, right-click on it and select 'Change'
  4. As long as you have recently rebooted your computer, you can select 'Ok' on the pop-up that says “A Windows reboot is pending from a previous installation…” (this is a known bug in the Installation Manager)

    SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager to Change Language

  5. Choose 'Modify your installation' and select 'Next' until you get to the Product Selection page of the installation 
  6. Expand 'SOLIDWORKS Languages' (by selecting the arrow next to it) and check the box next to the language you would like

    Modify Installation to Change Language in SOLIDWORKS

    Change Language to German in SOLIDWORKS

  7. Select 'Next' then 'Modify' on the last page.   
  8. Once it successfully installed, open File Explorer and navigate to:  

    How to Change the Language in SOLIDWORKS 2021

  9. Rename the English folder to “english.old” and the wanted language folder to “English”.  

    How to Change a Language in SOLIDWORKS 2021

  10. Launch SOLIDWORKS and it will run in the wanted language.  

    Change Language New SOLIDWORKS Installation

Installing Language in Brand New SOLIDWORKS Installation 

To install SOLIDWORKS with the specific language right off the bat, select the desired language(s) in the “Product Selection” page of the installation, then follow steps 6 - 10 as discussed above.  

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About Tashayla Openshaw

Tashayla Openshaw is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer based out of our Headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2018 and has been part of the GoEngineer family since February 2019.

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