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How to turn on/off foreign-language symbol explanation by executing a command?

Trying to do it by using menu "Mathematica > Preferences > Interface > click the checkbox" in front of "Show code caption" caused my Mathematica front-end to hang with a macOS progressing indicator that never finishes.

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  • $\begingroup$ at least closely related: 97290 $\endgroup$ – Kuba Mar 1 '17 at 6:44
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Does this work for you?

CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, {TranslationOptions, "Enabled"}] = True;

You can skip this line but if you want to change the default captions language:

CurrentValue[$FrontEnd, {TranslationOptions, "Language"}] = "Polish";
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  • $\begingroup$ I'd appreciate that you also explain the fishing -- how to find the command but not only provide the fish. $\endgroup$ – qazwsx Mar 1 '17 at 22:17
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    $\begingroup$ @qazwsx so the rod is, if something can be changed via preferences dialog it is probably in Options[$FrontEnd] or in Options[$DefaultFrontEnd]. Then I searched for Translation keyword via Crtl+F ;) $\endgroup$ – Kuba Mar 3 '17 at 8:35
  • $\begingroup$ That exactly what should be added in a good and complete answer. $\endgroup$ – qazwsx Mar 4 '17 at 5:44
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    $\begingroup$ @qazwsx Look at Format -> Option Inspector. Set the first dropdown to Global. All the front end settings are there, and they can be set programmatically using CurrentValue. $\endgroup$ – Szabolcs Mar 4 '17 at 8:43
  • $\begingroup$ I knew that menu option, but at that time, when I tried, the front-end froze and gave me a never ending macOS progress wheel. $\endgroup$ – qazwsx Mar 11 '17 at 17:45

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