Configuring Multiple Languages

If the Multi-Language feature has been enabled in your account:

System-Supported Languages

Enabling the Entry of Translation Strings for a Specific Language

See the following procedure to enable the entry of website translation strings in a specific language.

To enable the entry of translation strings for a specific language:

  1. Go to Setup > Company > General Preferences.

  2. Click the Languages subtab.

  3. Select a language that you want to be able to use for translating.


    Your “base language” does not appear in the list. That is, the language determined by your country when your account was established is not available as a language for translation. For example, if your language base language is Spanish, then you will not see it in the list, but you can see Spanish (Latin America).

  4. Click Add.

  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each language you want available.

  6. Click Save.

You can now go to Lists > Mass Update > Bulk Update Translation to enter items translations for each of these languages. For more information, see Working With Multi-Language Names and Descriptions and Setting Up a Site for Multiple Languages.

Translation Management

If you have the Multi-Language feature enabled, you can edit translations using a translation collection. Manage your translation collections using the Manage Translation feature. For more information, see Manage Translations.

A Translation Collection is a customization object that stores translation strings with their translations. A single Translation Collection can contain many translation strings.

If available, you can edit a translation on the Translation subtab. However, editing a translation in the UI has limitations. You can, for example, override a field label on the Translation subtab of a custom form definition page. When you translate a field label on the Translation subtab of a custom field, the translated label overrides the language set up in Home > Set Preferences. Language changes will only be visible to users with the same language preference. For example, if you change the language from English (US) to English (International), only users with the English (International) language preference will see the changes. For more information about translations, see Configuring Multiple Languages.

If you use SDF, you should make translation changes in SDF XML using a translation collection. If you modify a form and enter translation strings directly in the form, the translations are not connected to terms or translations collections. The translations are visible only to users with the same language preference. If you change your language preference, then you must also define the translations for that language.

For more information, see Translation Collections Overview and Translation Collections as XML Definitions.

Related Topics

Set Company Preferences
NetSuite Preference Levels Overview
Setting General Account Preferences
Overriding Company Preferences
Center Logout Pages
Custom Preferences
Accounting Contexts
Date Formats
Number Formats

General Notices