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Multilingual Settings in SharePoint 2010

A quick blog post on how to enable (and how to select) multilingual settings on a SharePoint 2010 site.
Go to Site Actions, Site Settings
Select Language Settings under Site Administration


In the settings, select the languages that you would like to add (I only installed the Dutch Language Pack)

Leave the Overwrite Translations as it is for now, I’ll get back to that in a sec. Now go back to your original site. On the top right, select your Username. There you should now be able to select in which language you would like to see the site:



Leave it at English for now. Open the document library Shared Documents and add a column named MySpecialColumn, type text.


There we go, now change the site to Dutch (or whatever language pack you have installed). You should now see that the column names are being translated, but your new column’s name is not being translated.
Go back to the Document Library settings and change the name of the column to the translated name.


If you now switch to English you will see that the column is called MySpecialColumn, while in the Dutch site it will be called MijnSpecialeKolom. This enables the users to do the translations themselves. It would have been nice if in the interface, when we added a column that we could enter all the translations at creation, but it’s another step in the good direction 🙂 More on the multilingual aspect soon!

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  1. Edgard
    October 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    For multilingual purposes within SharePoint I suggest a look at http://www.oceanik,com.

    Have a great day


  2. Edgard
    October 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I mean http://www.oceanik,com


  3. Edgard
    October 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm
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