How to switch Photoshop language to English

  • Photoshop CC, CS6, CS5, CS4
  • Easy


If your Photoshop's language is other than English, you will ocassionally need to switch temporarily to English. This will allow you to:

  • use certain add-ons that run only in the English Photoshop version.
  • follow easily the numerous Photoshop tutorials available in English.

Here's how to do it:

Find the language file:

Please save your work and close Photoshop.

You need to find the file "tw10428.dat" and rename it. It is contained in Photoshop's "Support Files" folder. Below you can see the full path to the "Support Files" folder in Windows and in macOS, respectively (it’s highlighted in yellow):

TIP: If you installed Photoshop in a different location in Windows, replace "C:\Program Files\Adobe\" with your custom installation path.

Default file location in Windows:

Location of tw10428.DAT file in Windows

Default file location in macOS:

Location of tw10428.DAT file in macOS

OLDER PHOTOSHOP VERSIONS: if you have Photoshop CSx instead of CC (e.g. Adobe Photoshop CS6), look for "Adobe Photoshop CSx" in the path, instead of "Adobe Photoshop CC".

Rename the language file:

  • Right-click the file tw10428.dat and rename it to tw10428-BACKUP.dat
  • Restart Photoshop

The Photoshop language has been changed to English.

Restoring the original language:

To restore the original locale, simply rename the file tw10428-BACKUP.dat back to tw10428.dat and restart Photoshop.

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