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If your company has customers in foreign countries, you may want to issue invoices or other documents in the customer’s language. For this purpose, you need to translate your company’s specific field values, such as product names and product descriptions. Standard document texts, such as field labels, are provided automatically, based on the language settings in the master data of the customer as well as the layout settings.

Example Example

An invoice item for a U.S. and a German customer looks like this:

Item: Supertasty Chocolate Bar

Description: low fat

Artikel: Superlecker Schokoriegel

Beschreibung: fettarm

The translations for the standard texts Item and Description are automatically inserted, based on the master data of the customer and the layout settings. For the field values Supertasty Chocolate Bar and low fat, you have specified translations.

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The following figure shows the workflow for multi-language support:

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  1. To activate multi-language support, choose   Administration   System Initialization   Company Details   Basic Initialization   tab and select the Multi-Language Support checkbox.

  2. Create a new language or use a default SAP Business One language (the languages set up by SAP Business One during the creation of the company).

    For more information, see Adding and Removing a Language.

  3. To define the business partner's language, choose   Business Partners   Business Partner Master Data   General   tab, and choose the language in the Language field.

  4. Translate the fields to a foreign language and/or use the foreign descriptions.

    For more information, see Translating Fields to Foreign Languages and Viewing Translated Fields.

  5. Define the language in the default layout.

    For more information, see Defining the Language in the Default Layout.

  6. Define the layout for the business partner.

    For more information, see Assigning Default Layouts to Business Partners.

  7. When you create a document that is subject to multi-language support, you can do the following: