Bug 80147 - LibreOffice ignores OS X's region/locale settings
Summary: LibreOffice ignores OS X's region/locale settings
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All Mac OS X (All)
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 84964 121783 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: MacOS-Wishlist
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Reported: 2014-06-17 16:14 UTC by a3380349
Modified: 2020-05-11 08:17 UTC (History)
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Description a3380349 2014-06-17 16:14:22 UTC
The Locale setting in LibreOffice > Options > Language Settings > Languages does not automatically match the Region setting in OS X > System Settings > Language & Region.

For example: In OS X (v. 10.9.3), language is set to English and region to Sweden, however in LibreOffice, both User interface and Locale setting are set to English (USA).
Comment 1 retired 2014-06-17 19:30:20 UTC
I'm not sure. But for me the local setting shows germany in LO 4.3beta2.

Could you check if the issue persists with that version for you? http://www.libreoffice.org/download/pre-releases/

If so, please set the bug back to UNCONFIRMED. Should it be solved set it to WORKSOFORME.
Comment 2 a3380349 2014-06-17 21:13:38 UTC
Same problem with, but now I understand what's wrong:

After changing my system's language to Swedish (region setting remained Sweden), LibreOffice's locale setting changed to Swedish (Sweden). Then I changed the region setting to England (this time the language remained Swedish), but even after reboot, LibreOffice's locale setting remained Swedish (Sweden).

So it seems that LibreOffice obtains its locale setting from OS X's language instead of OS X's region setting.
Comment 3 retired 2014-07-27 12:31:36 UTC
Imo this is NOTABUG.

LO checks OS X's language setting (the language the user if familiar with) and uses that. What's wrong with that? I'm not sure I see the use case for having langauge1 in OS X system and Language2 in LO.

Can you elaborate on that?
Comment 4 a3380349 2014-08-10 11:10:54 UTC
There are many languages out there that are not supported by Apple and LibreOffice, e.g. Icelandic or Faeroese. Therefore people usually set the system language to English, but set spell checker and regional formats (number, time, date, currency) according to the local language.

So if LibreOffice differentiate between UI language and locale setting, why not using OS X's UI locale setting by default?
Comment 5 retired 2014-08-10 16:09:13 UTC
ok, thanks for the info. sounds like a legit use case. setting to NEW
Comment 6 tommy27 2015-08-19 16:03:04 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2016-09-20 10:25:48 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 8 eisa01 2017-11-05 15:35:01 UTC
LibreOffice does not respect the locale setting you specify in the Mac System settings

Build ID: 15dce20e8b97dbd0179f01910ca4d0027e80ff4e
CPU threads: 2; OS: Mac OS X 10.12.6; UI render: default; 
TinderBox: MacOSX-x86_64@49-TDF, Branch:master, Time: 2017-10-20_06:46:46
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); Calc: group
Comment 9 eisa01 2017-11-10 20:17:10 UTC
*** Bug 84964 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 10 eisa01 2018-12-08 10:44:00 UTC
*** Bug 121783 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Xisco Faulí 2019-11-29 13:29:13 UTC
Changing priority back to 'medium' since the number of duplicates is lower than 5