Selective application language slimming

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Reader Lane Weiss would like to be more selective about slimming his applications. He writes:

I understand that I can recover hard disk space by removing foreign languages from Mac OS X with a tool like Monolingual. The problem is that I need foreign language support in some applications but not others. Is there a way to selectively remove language support from applications?

There is, but if you have a lot of applications you’ll find the process a little tedious. Here’s how:

Select an application and press Command-I to bring up the Info window. Click the triangle next to the Languages entry to reveal a list of languages that the application supports (note that some applications support only a single language). Hold down the Command key and click on the languages that you don’t want and click the Remove button. You’ll be warned that the program may not function properly if you proceed. For this reason it’s a good idea to have a backup of the program just in case something goes awry.

When you click OK in the warning dialog box to proceed, the associated .lproj language folders will be moved to the Trash. To permanently slim your application, empty the Trash.

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