Change the SOLIDWORKS Language

Change the SOLIDWORKS Language

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If you have ever needed to easily change the language for SOLIDWORKS without
changing your system language, the process is easier than you may think. All
you have to do is get the install language folders and then rename that folder
“English”. This must be in the correct file directory where SOLIDWORKS is
looking for the language folders. Don’t forget to rename the original
“English” folder name as well to complete the process of tricking SOLIDWORKS!


  1. Close SOLIDWORKS.
  2. Go to Programs and Features in the Windows Control Panel.

    • Windows Start Button>Type “Uninstall a program” and press Enter
  3. Go to your Version of SOLIDWORKS and select “Change“.
  4. Make sure the “Modify…..” radio button and hit next.
  5. Hit Next to move past the Serial Numbers screen.
  6. Hit Next through any other messages until you get to the
    “Product Selection” page
  7. Expand the “SOLIDWORKS Languages” section

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  1. Select the language you are interested in.
  2. Hit Next until the install process is complete. *
  3. Navigate to the “lang” folder in the SOLIDWORKS install

    • This is normally:
      C:Program FilesSOLIDWORKS Corp (2017)SOLIDWORKSlang
    • The new language folder should be there with the “English” folder.

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  1. Rename the “English” folder to something such as
  2. Rename the new language folder to “English“.

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  1. Start SOLIDWORKS and it will be in the desired language.

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*You will need either the install files, CD or internet access.

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Sean Marrs

Sean Marrs is an Applications Engineer at our office in Beaverton, Oregon. Sean has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. When he isn’t in the classroom, Sean spends his free time running around in the forest and drinking great micro brews!
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Adriano Schommer
Adriano Schommer
2 years ago

Very useful, should be easy to understand if the text mentioned the ‘portuguese-brazilian’ folder, according to the figures, instead of “English”. however by the modified date of the folder it was easy to understand which one I had to rename.