Run Maya in English within a Japanese or Simplified Chinese environment


Many existing Japanese/Simplified Chinese users of Maya may already be comfortable working within the English language user interface of Maya.

If you’re working on a Windows operating system with a Japanese/Simplified Chinese language environment and want to use Maya in English, you can do so by setting the MAYA_UI_LANGUAGE environment variable.

To run Maya in English within a Japanese/Simplified Chinese environment (Windows)

  1. Right-click on the My Computer icon on the Windows Desktop, and select Properties from the drop-down list that appears.
    NoteOn Windows 7, right-click your computer name and select Properties, then Advanced system settings.
  2. In the System Properties window, click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click the Environment Variables button.

    The Environment Variables window appears.

  4. In the User variables for <userlogin> section, click New.
  5. In the Variable Name text field, type: MAYA_UI_LANGUAGE
  6. In the Variable Value text field, type: en_US
  7. Launch Maya.

    If you later want to run Maya in Japanese/Simplified Chinese, you can set your environment variable value to ja_JP (for Japanese) and zh_CN (for Simplified Chinese) or remove the variable from the list of environment variables.

    ImportantYou must set the MAYA_UI_LANGUAGE environment variable via the System Preferences. Setting this environment variable in the Maya.env file does not affect Maya behavior.

To run Maya in English within a Japanese/Simplified Chinese environment (Mac OS X)

  1. Temporarily set the language to English within the International preferences section of the Systems Preferences.

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