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How to add Language to your SharePoint Site?

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

Here, we will learn How to add Language to your SharePoint site. You can also add alternate language to your site. Let's see how.



Some of the reasons for adding multiple languages to your SharePoint Site are:

  1. Create, manage and read content in different languages.

  2. Collaborate with people from different regions in different languages.

  3. Manage personal sites by using a preferred language.

Firstly, you must be signed in as a site owner or site collection administrator to choose language settings for a site. In addition, if you are using SharePoint Server, the SharePoint administrator must first deploy language packs for the languages you want to use. There is no need to install language packs for SharePoint in Microsoft 365.


The Default Language

The Default language of the site is set when the site is first created. It can be English, Spanish or German according to your country. You cannot change the default language on the site once set but you can add the alternative language to your site.


To check the default language, follow the below steps:


STEP 1: Navigate the path

Gear Icon => Site Settings => Language Settings (under site administration).

STEP 2: You will see the default language, which is English


How to Add Language to the site?

There are two ways to add language to the site:

  1. Add alternate language to the existing site

  2. Set default language when you create a new site

1. Add alternate language to the existing site

If you want your site to be in a specific language from the start, you need to specify that language at the point of site creation. Follow the steps:


STEP 1: Navigate the path:

Gear Icon => Site Contents => New => Subsite



STEP 2: Navigate to the template selection language drop-down.




STEP 3: Choose a default language for the site you are creating. As soon as you choose another language, template names get translated into the language of your choice.



STEP 4: Once you create a new subsite, it will be created in the language you have chosen.


2. Add an alternate language to a site

The default language is only set once when the site is created. But you cannot change it. In such a case, you can add an alternate language to your site. To add alternate language, follow the below steps:


STEP 1: Navigate the path:

Gear Icon => Site Settings => Language Settings

STEP 2: Go to the Alternate Language(s). Choose the language you want to add to your site. Click OK to save your changes.


Add language from Admin Center

The site’s language is not just based on the default language or alternate language, but it’s based on the user’s preferred language settings. As an administrator, You can set the user’s preferred language through the user profile service.


STEP 1: In the upper right corner, click on your profile. Select "My Microsoft 365 Profile".


STEP 2: Now, click on "Update Profile".


STEP 3: Scroll down. You will see 3 options.


Select "How can I change language and regional settings".


STEP 4: Now, click on (...) and select "Language and Region".



STEP 5: Choose the language which you want to add. After that click on "Add".



STEP 6: Click on "Save all and close" to save the changes.


STEP 7: At the end, a prompt box will appear with a message. (See the below image).




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