28 July 2010

How to change the language Opus uses

For other FAQs, go to the Opus Resource Centre FAQ list.

Below are three alternative ways to change the language of your Directory Opus installation.

The second and third methods involve running commands. Those commands can be pasted into the Start -> Run box (Windows XP) or into the Start Menu search field (Windows Vista and above) or into a command prompt (any Windows version).

Obviously, if you have installed Opus to a non-standard location then you will need to adjust the commands to match.

  1. Via Preferences (the usual, simple way)

    In Opus, go to Settings -> Preferences / Display / Language and select another language from the list.

    (In older versions of Opus, it was under Miscellaneous rather than Display.)

    Of course, doing that may be difficult if Opus is running in a language you do not understand. :-) However, don't worry:
    • You can type >Prefs into the main Opus window to open the Preferences window, in case you cannot work out what the menus say.

    • As of Opus, you can type the name of your language (or any of the supported languages, for that matter) into the filter at the bottom-left of the Preferences window and Opus will automatically find the languages page for you.

    If those easy methods don't do it for you, here are some alternatives...

  2. Command to open Preferences

    Jump directly to the Language page of Preferences by running this command:

    "C:\Program Files\GPSoftware\Directory Opus\dopusrt.exe" /cmd Prefs PAGE=Language
  3. Command to change language

    Alternatively, you can tell Opus to switch to a specific language via the command line.

    Before doing this you must fully exit Opus. (Closing all the windows isn't enough, by default. See How to Exit Directory Opus.)

    After exiting, run this command:

    "C:\Program Files\GPSoftware\Directory Opus\dopus.exe" language=english
    Go to C:\Program Files\GPSoftware\Directory Opus\Language to see which languages/names are available. (Do not include the .dll part of the filenames.)