I started using Skype years ago and it is still one of my favorite free software tools for online chatting and video conferencing. About a year ago, I became tired of all the installation procedures and I made a decision to go fully portable. And if not fully portable, then at least as portable as possible.
I replaced all my software programs with their portable versions, in case they offered such a version. And I replaced most of the remaining software with programs that came as portable packages. I am still stuck with a few very specific tools that I need and cannot replace — yet.
Skype Wouldn’t Use My Language of Choice
All these changes opened up new problem areas. One of them was that the portable version of Skype refused to start up in English. Whenever I launched Skype, I had to manually change the language of its interface. But it wouldn’t remember my language settings and next time it would start in my country’s local language again. And again. And again…
Even though in Skype’s
Today, I reached my breaking point and I spent almost an hour trying to find out how to make Skype launch in English. Here is how it went.
Changing Settings Within the Skype Portable App
First, I looked into the portable Skype folder. In my case that was
Therein, I identified two files with language relevant settings:
Unfortunately, neither of these changes had any effect on the interface language of Skype.
I then tried to find some more language related settings within the Skype app.
In my Skype profile, I found three relevant settings:
Again, changing these settings made no difference. Skype stubbornly refused to start up with English as its default interface language.
I even combed through the Registry in an attempt to find some setting that would shine some light onto this mystery. To no avail.
Since there was no way to influence Skype’s choice of language from within Skype, nor from Skype’s folder on my disk drive, nor from the registry, there was only one option left.
Skype was purchased by Microsoft back in 2011, so I thought that maybe Skype was relying on some setting in the Windows operating system to decide which language interface to use.
I went to
I clicked on the
This action prompts a Windows restart.
After the system restarted, I had all my language settings in Windows set to English.
Sure enough, this was the decision making setting for Skype. Once the system locale for non-Unicode programs was set to English, Skype immediately changed its mind and started up displaying its interface in English.
In my Skype profile, I even noticed this one slight change:
Previously, only some of these three words were showing up in English.
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