Multilingual user interface in SharePoint 2010: How to set it up?


The ‘Multilingual user interface’ is one of the major benefits newly available in the SharePoint 2010 products. It is extremely useful and it is very often a topic during the architecture planning phase. Please find in the following a step by step guide how to configure your platform for it.

For every language made available via the Multilingual user interface a corresponding language pack has to be installed.

Note: You can add additional languages later on but the site collection administrator has to execute the following configuration steps for these added languages on every site collection.



Go to the ‘Site Settings’ via the ‘Site Action’ menu





Click on ‘Language settings’ under ‘Site Administration’





Choose the languages that should be available for end-users and click OK


Note: Overwrite Translations according to TechNet does means

The Language Settings page contains an Overwrite Translations option that affects how changes to existing application content are made to other languages for the site. If the ‘Overwrite Translations’  option is enabled, any changes that are made to the user interface in the primary language overwrite any changes that have been made to user interface elements in secondary languages. 




Now the languages are available via the ‘Welcome Menu’



More detailed information is available at

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