How do I change MetaShare’s display language?

All of MetaShare’s specific functions are currently available in English and in Swedish. We will be adding more languages when and if needed.

Below you see a MetaShare workspace presented in English, note that MetaShare’s functions are in English (marked in yellow):
MetaShare in English
MetaShare’s taxonomy (the document filters’ labels, the column headers and the documents’ metadata values) are also in English (marked in green above). These are not translated by MetaShare but by SharePoint (see these pages for details about how to translate terms and metadata columns).

Below you see the same workspace but where all the functions and the taxonomy are presented in Swedish:
MetaShare in Swedish

MetaShare’s functions are displayed in your preferred language. If your preferred language is something else than English or Swedish, MetaShare’s functions will always be presented in English.

There are two ways of setting the language of MetaShare’s functions and taxonomy, by changing your personal profile’s preferred language or by changing the browser’s preferred language. If both are set, then your personal profile’s preferred language supersedes the browser’s preferred language. For all of MetaShare’s taxonomy to be shown in a specific language, the site however also needs to have this language as one of the site’s languages (see the last section on this page).

How to change your personal profile’s preferred language

To change your personal profile’s preferred language, follow the following instructions:

  1. Go to Office.com or to any of the Office web-applications.
  2. On the top-right corner of the page, click on your picture, name or initials.
  3. Click on the “My Office profile” link:
    The link to my office profile
  4. On your Delve page, click on the “Update profile” button:
    The update profile link
  5. Open the option “How can I change language and regional settings?” and click on the “here” link:
    Change language and regional settings
  6. On the “Edit Details” page, click on the the ellipsis (…) and then “Language and Region”.
    Language and region link
  7. Pick the language you want to add and click on the “Add” button:
    Pick a new language
  8. If you have several languages, move the language that you want to have as primary by moving it all the way to the top of the list, using the arrows:
    Choose default language
    Note that if you do not want to have any default language on your user profile, you can always delete your language preferences by clicking on the “x” to the right of the selected language. If you do this, then MetaShare will always be using your browser’s default language.
  9. While you are on this page, you can as well set your default region settings, such as time zone, time format, etc. Once you are done, click on the “Save all and close” button at the bottom of the page:
    Save and close
  10. You will now get a pop-up message saying that it might take a while for changes to take effect, just click on the “OK” button:
    Profile changes notification

How to change your browser’s preferred language

The other alternative of setting the language of MetaShare’s functions and taxonomy is to change your browser’s preferred language by following the instructions for your specific browser below.

Microsoft Internet explorer

  1. Go to “Internet options”:
    Link to Internet options
  2. Click on the “Languages” button:
    Internet options' language button
  3. To add a language, click on the “Add a preferred language” link:
    Add a preferred language
    Search for the language that you want to use, mark the language and click on the “Add” button:
    Search for a language to install
  4. To change the preferred language, click on the arrow icon for the language and move the language till it gets to the top of the list of available languages:
    Change the preferred language

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge uses the same preferred language as Internet Explorer (see above instructions).

Google Chrome

  1. Go to Chrome’s settings:
    Link to Chrome's settings
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link:
    Click on the "Advanced" link
  3. Under the Languages section, click on the chevron icon:
    Chrome's languages section
  4. To add a language, click on the “Add languages” link:
    Add a language in Chrome
    Search for the language that you want to use, mark the language and click on the “Add” button:
    Search for a language in Chrome
  5. To change the preferred language, click on the language’s vertical ellipsis icon and select the “Move to the top” function:
    Change language preference, Chrome

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Go to Firefox’s settings:
    Link to Options, in Firefox
  2. To add a language, click on the “Choose” button:
    Add a language, Firefox
    Select the language that you want to use and click on the “Add” button:
    Select a language, Firefox
  3. To change the preferred language, select the language, click on the “Move Up” button and finally on the “OK” button:
    Change language preference, Firefox

How to get MetaShare’s taxonomy to be presented in your preferred language

To get MetaShare’s taxonomy (the document filters’ labels, the column headers and the documents’ metadata values) to be shown in any other language than the site’s default language and to get the Office web applications to be in other languages than the default language, you need to add the other languages as alternate languages in the site. This can only be done by site collection administrators by following these steps:

  1. Open your MetaShare workspace in SharePoint.
  2. Click on the “Settings” icon on the top right-hand side of the page and select “Site settings”:
    Link to "Site settings"
  3. Beneath the “Site Administration” section, click on the “Language settings” link:
    Link to Language settings
  4. On the “Site languages” page, you see what the site’s default language is (this cannot be changed after a site is created). To choose alternate languages, click on the “Show advanced settings” link:
    Site languages page
  5. Mark the other languages that you want to use and then click on the “Save” button:
    Select other languages