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Chapter 1. Configuring the Language and Keyboard

1.1. Changing the Language
1.2. Changing the Date, Time, and Numeric Format
1.3. Changing the Keyboard Layout
1.4. Viewing the Current Configuration
Fedora 17 is shipped with the Region and Language configuration tool, which allows you to configure keyboard layouts, the language of your desktop environment, and other regional settings. To start the tool, open the System Settings window by selecting ApplicationsSystem ToolsSystem Settings from the Activities menu, and click Region and Language.

1.1. Changing the Language

To configure the language of your desktop, select the Language tab of the Region and Language application. You will be presented with a short list of common languages.
Changing the language
Changing the language
Figure 1.1. Changing the language

By default, this list only contains a few of the available languages. To add another language, click the + (the plus sign) button below the list. A dialog window appears, allowing you to select the desired language. The input field at the bottom part of the dialog window allows you to reduce the number of displayed items by first few letters part of the language name in it (for example, slov for the Slovak language). Once you select a language, click the Select button to confirm your choice.
Adding another language
Adding a language
Figure 1.2. Adding another language

To choose a particular language from the list, click its name to select it. The changes will take effect the next time you log in to the system.