Work with multilingual term sets

If your organization has multi-lingual SharePoint sites, you can add multiple languages for the term store. Multilingual term sets let users see managed terms in their selected language, even when that language is not the default language of the term store. In addition, site users can tag content in the same language that they use to see the site.

 Note    The Multi-language User Interface for SharePoint sites is not a translation tool. If you add languages to a term set, you must also provide translated terms. To learn how to set up a multilingual site, see Make multiple languages available for your site's user interface.

The properties panel in the Term Store lets you add languages from installed language packs

To add languages to the term store, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Term Store management tool.
  2. In tree-view pane, select Taxonomy.
  3. In the Properties panel, select the General tab.
  4. In the Working Languages section, select the languages that you want to use for terms, and then click Add.
  5. Click Save.

 Important    If you add a new working language to a term store, do so during a period when the SharePoint site is not heavily used, such as at night. When you add a new working language, a timer job updates each site collection’s cache. Then, it adds the text to display in the new language to every term in the cache. This may affect performance temporarily.

More about languages and the term store


Set the default language for the term store

  1. Go to the site where you want to update the languages for a term set.
  2. Open the Term Store management tool.
  3. In the Properties pane, select the Managed Metadata service application for which you want to update the default language.
  4. In the Default Language section, select the language that you want to designate as the default language for the terms in this service application.
  5. Click Save.

To display labels for terms in different languages, you must specify the label in each language. If no label is specified for a term in a language, the label for the term is displayed in the default language of the term store.

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Set a label for a term in another language

Terms are not translated automatically into different languages. If you add languages to the term store, you must manually specify labels in those languages. If you do not specify labels in the additional languages, then site users see only the default label for the term in the default language of the term store.

  1. Go to the site where you want to update the languages for a term set.
  2. Open the Term Store management tool.
  3. In the Properties pane, select the Managed Metadata service application for which you want to specify labels in other languages.
  4. In the tree view pane on the left, expand the groups and term sets to find the term that you want to translate. Select the term.
  5. In the Properties pane, in the Language section, select the language for which you want to specify a label.
  6. In the Default Label section, enter the label that you want to make default for this term in the selected language.
  7. If you want to specify synonyms for the term in the selected language, type the word or phrase that you want to use in the Other Labels section. To add synonyms, press ENTER to create additional lines where you can type more synonyms.
  8. When you finish adding all of the synonyms you want, click Save.

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Open the Term Store management tool

To open the Term Store management tool, select the SharePoint environment that you use, and then follow the steps.

ShowIn SharePoint Online

  1. Go to the SharePoint Online Administration Center.
  2. Click Manage Term Store.

ShowIn SharePoint Server

  1. From the site collection Home page, click Site Contents
  2. On the Site Contents page, click Settings.
  3. On the Site Settings page, in the Site Administration group, click Term store management.

After you open the Term Store management tool, you can add language options to the term store.

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Applies to:
SharePoint admin center, SharePoint Online Enterprise (E1), SharePoint Online Enterprise (E3 & E4), SharePoint Online Midsized Business, SharePoint Online operated by 21Vianet - Enterprise (E1 & E2), SharePoint Online operated by 21Vianet - Enterprise (E3 & E4), SharePoint Online operated by 21Vianet - Midsized Business, SharePoint operated by 21Vianet - admin center, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise, SharePoint Server 2013 Standard