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How to Localize a Feature in SharePoint 2010 Using Visual Studio 2010

Posted by Vijai Anand Articles | SharePoint 2010 June 18, 2012
In this article you will be seeing how to localize a feature in SharePoint 2010 using Visual Studio 2010.
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Introduction

In this article you will be seeing how to localize a feature in SharePoint 2010 using Visual Studio 2010. Instead of using the hard-code values for feature title and description, we can use expressions that represent localized resources.

Steps Involved

  1. Open Visual Studio as administrator.
  2. Go to File, select New and then click on Project.

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  3. Select Empty SharePoint Project from the installed templates.

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  4. Enter the Name as LocalizeFeature and then click on Ok.
  5. Enter the site URL and select "Deploy as farm solution".
  6. Click on Finish.

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  7. Right-click on the Features folder and then click on Add Feature.

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  8. Rename the feature as LocalizeFeature.
  9. Right-click on the LocalizeFeature and then click on Add Feature Resource.

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  10. In the Add Resource pop up, select the culture of the resource file.

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  11. I have selected English (United States), and then click on Ok.
  12. In the Resource Editor, enter the String Name and Value as shown in Figure.

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  13. Similarly I have added a feature resource for the French (France) language and the string names and values are added as shown in the following figure:

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  14. Double-click on LocalizeFeature.feature and change the title & description as shown in the following figure:

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  15. Right-click the solution and then click on Deploy Solution.

Testing

  1. Navigate to the site, click on Site Actions.
  2. Click on Site Settings.
  3. Click on Manage Site Features under Site Actions.
  4. You will see the feature title and description in English (the default language is English) as shown in the following figure:

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  5. Change the language to French and you will be able to see the localized feature title and description as shown in the following figure:

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Note: Make sure the language packs are installed in the SharePoint server.

Summary:

Thus in this article you have seen how to localize a feature in SharePoint 2010 using Visual Studio 2010.

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