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SharePoint language settings and regional settings

The SharePoint language settings and regional settings almost doesn’t depend on the version of SharePoint you are using and the features you have activated in a template. There are only small differences regarding the SharePoint MUI (multilingual user interface). One big difference beside the MUI are variations if you need to create content in different languages for a publishing site.

Topics covered in this article:

  • SharePoint 2010 MUI (multilingual user interface)

SharePoint 2010

The MUI settings for SharePoint 2010 can be found under Site Actions > Site Settings:

Change the SharePoint language settings.

There you can change the regional settings…

Change the SharePoint regional settings.

… and the language settings.

Select a language.

Supported and unsupported language settings

Most (but not all) user interface elements can be displayed in a secondary language whereupon user-created content cannot be displayed in a different language: Source.

Supported

  • “Settings pages, such as those in the _layouts and the _admin virtual directories.
  • Help
  • Application content, such as menus, controls, site actions, site title and description, list or library titles and descriptions, top link bar links, Quick Launch links, local breadcrumbs, site and list content types, and site and list columns.
  • Developer content, such as features, and solutions.”

Not supported

  • “Web Parts (except those that are linked to lists or libraries).
  • Global breadcrumbs.
  • User created content, such as list item data, documents and Web pages in libraries, custom permissions levels, groups, views, and Web Parts.”

Not supported site templates

  • “The Blog template.
  • Any of the meeting workspace templates.
  • Any of the Web database templates.”

Supported and not supported elements apply to both SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010.

Language limitations

Limitations include certain elements of Web parts, lists or permissions which you can find on different templates:

Limitations apply to both SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 whereupon SharePoint Server 2010 has two more limitations regarding some search functionality and web databases.

SharePoint 2010 Resources

If you need to know more about regional settings please take a look here:

If you need to know more about language settings please take a look here:

Summary

In order to change language settings or regional settings you need to know about the needs and the things that are available with SharePoint.