Globalization preferences sample

Shows how to use the Windows.System.UserProfile.GlobalizationPreferences class to obtain the user's globalization preferences. In addition, it shows how to use the GeographicRegion and Language classes in the Windows.Globalization namespace in order to display language and geographic region characteristics..

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Several user preferences related to globalization settings are available in the Windows.System.UserProfile namespace. The GlobalizationPreferences class provides specific methods for accessing the following user preferences:

The GeographicRegion class also enables the caller to obtain details about a given geographic region or language.

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Windows.System.UserProfile namespace
Windows.System.UserProfile.GlobalizationPreferences class
Windows.Globalization namespace
Windows.Globalization.GeographicRegion class
Windows.Globalization.Language class

System requirements

  • Windows 10

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