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Choose a default language

Confluence administrators can define a default language to be applied to all spaces. Individual users can select a language preference for their session.

Set the default language

To change the default language across Confluence:

  1. Select the wheel icon () in the top-right corner to open Confluence administration.

  2. Find Settings in the left-hand navigation.

  3. Select Configuration > General configuration.

  4. Scroll down to Language configuration.

  5. Select a language from the dropdown.

  6. Select Save global default language changes.

Available languages

Confluence Cloud is available in the following languages, in addition to English (US):

  • Chinese (Simplified)

  • Chinese (Traditional)

  • Czech

  • Danish

  • Dutch

  • English (UK)

  • Finnish

  • French

  • German

  • Hungarian

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Norwegian

  • Polish

  • Portuguese (Brazilian)

  • Russian

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

  • Turkish

Though you can still select the following languages in your Atlassian Account settings, there is no new Confluence localization support being offered for:

  • Estonian  (from July 1, 2020)

  • Portuguese (Portugal) (from July 1, 2020)

  • Slovak (from July 1, 2020)

  • Romanian (from December 1, 2019)

  • Icelandic (from December 1, 2019)

Learn more about Atlassian Account language settings.

Other language settings

Individual users can choose a display language that's different from the global default.

The language a user sees will depend on the following factors, in order from highest to lowest importance:

  • The language preference set in the user's profile. Users must be logged in for this setting to take effect.

  • The language preference set in the user's web browser, as detected by Confluence.

  • The default language for the instance, as defined by a Confluence administrator. 

Show UI key names for translation

If you work on creating translations of the Confluence user interface, you can add the following snippet to the end of any Confluence page URL: 

1 ?i18ntranslate=on

This will display the key name next to elements of the user interface that can be translated, making it easier to translate in context. You'll see a lightning bolt icon between each UI label and its key name, as shown in the following example: 

A lightning bolt icon shown between each UI label and its key name, indicating those elements can be translated.

You can then search for the key on http://translations.atlassian.com, where you can enter an appropriate translation for your custom language pack.

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