I changed system language and regional settings to United States, top Bar calender shows English only. Yet the lockscreen widget for calender i.e next to log on screen it shows Arabic. Any workarounds?

Tried updating language using terminal and settings menu. Thanks in advance.

  • Do you mean the date
    – Suici Doga
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 1:09
  • I presume yes. Next to logon column, there it is for ex. 26(today date), Arabic word, Arabic word, and then down the time. I can't read Arabic, but I presume it's Week day and month. May be like 26 April, Tuesday. Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 4:06
  • I have the same problem but since my location is Sri Lanka it is in Sinhala. I would like it to be English
    – Suici Doga
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 4:36

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GUI method , does not always work

Go to Settings > Language and Region. You will see something like enter image description here

Then click the unblock button and enter your password. In formats select your correct region and language .It is India (English) for you , I set United States because there isn't a English format for my location and I think that this is a bug with elementary OS.

Click the Set System Language button and then the Set Language button

Logout and back in to see the changes. Restart to see the changes on the greeter

Terminal method , always works

Run the following in a terminal For your location it is

localectl set-locale "LANG=en_IN.utf8" 

For my location it is

localectl set-locale "LANG=en_LK.utf8"

For other locations modify the command

  • I used this first method and it worked very well. In fact, I did this earlier, but the mistake I did was, I didn't use unblock button. Now it seems perfect. Appreciate it. Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 13:29
  • Consider upvoting if you find this very useful
    – Suici Doga
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 0:53
  • I don't know how to up vote. Can you guide me? Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 3:51

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