SOLIDWORKS has users all over the world, and as such it is necessary to be able to install it in various languages. Being fluent in Spanish, I decided I wanted at least one of my versions in Spanish so that I could try it out. However, because my user account on my computer is set to English, it would default to English no matter how I would install it. I found a solution to create an alternate user profile and set the default language to Spanish, but I wanted something easier than that. Here are the steps that I used to switch one of my installations to Spanish.
First, the installation files must include the full language files.
Go to C:\Program Files\SOLIDWORKS Corp\SOLIDWORKS\lang and verify that the desired language is there and has the full files. Compare to the “english” folder to be sure. One of my installations only had English.
My second installation had Spanish, but the folder was not complete.
To fix this I needed to Modify the Installation.
Once this is done, the “spanish” folder will have the files needed.
Now we need to trick the system. What I did to help organize it was to rename “english” to “english+”, as a backup, in case I ever need to go back to English. I then renamed “spanish” to “english”
Once this is done, restart SOLIDWORKS and get to work!
Chad Whitbeck, CSWP
Applications Engineer, CATI