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Tutorial: how to change the language of the OS X login window

I have always used the operating systems of my iProducts in English it is an old craze, even as a way to have more contact with the language. Recently, however, I decided to switch everything to the Portuguese by going to System Preferences (System Preferences) Language and Text (Languages ??& Text) Language (Language) and putting Portugus as the first option, at the top of the window.

Changing the OS X login language

Once the change is made, just close and reopen the applications (Mail, Safari, Calendar, Contacts, etc.) to see the result. For everything to be in Portuguese, once and for all, in the whole system, just restart the computer. And it was the one that I discovered a very simple detail, but that bothered me: the login screen (called by Apple as login) was not translated into Portuguese, as well as that screen that asks for the password right after the computer leaves the rest / protection.

As I wanted to leave everything in Portuguese, I researched to understand what was happening for the system to show these parts in the selected language. So, I came across an Apple support article that explains what happens.

The text of the login window is displayed in the language that was selected during the installation of OS X or the language selected the first time that OS X was started on the Mac. To change it, we have two options: 1. reinstall the OS X and select the desired language during installation; or 2. make the change via Terminal.

Terminal cone

The first one is a huge job, let's face it, it's not worth reinstalling the system just for that. The second is very simple and fast, being valid for Mountain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), Leopard (10.5) and Tiger (10.4). To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in with an administrator account.
  2. Open the Terminal, located in / Applications / Utilities /.
  3. Type or paste the following command into Terminal:
sudo languagesetup
  1. Press the key Enter.
  2. When prompted for the password, enter your account password and press Enter again.
  3. A list of available languages ??will be displayed. Enter the number that appears next to the language you want to use and press Enter Portugus do Brasil must appear at number 7.
  4. Close the Terminal.

Changing the OS X login language

It is worth noting that, if you are still using Leopard, you must necessarily have a password registered in your administrator account. In addition to being totally insecure not having one, the sudo command in Leopard requires a password that is not empty. More information about this in this support article.

Screen after leaving sleep or protection mode

Screen after leaving sleep or protection mode.

That done, just restart your computer and you will see the screen in Portuguese.