Changing Language and Region

Business Central is available in many markets and languages around the World. In the markets where Business Central is available, regulatory features are available to assist companies with regulatory burdens. Business Central can display in different languages. You can even change the language that is used to display texts. The change is immediate, once you've been automatically signed out and in again. The setting applies to you and not to everyone else in your company.

Tip

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For example, you're using the Canadian version of Business Central. That means that you can see the user interface in English, German, French, or another language, but it's still the Canadian version of Business Central. It isn't the same as Business Central in Germany where functionality has been adapted towards that market's requirements.

To change the language of the user interface, go to the My Settings page. For more information, see Change Basic Settings.

Note

The choice of languages will be reset to your setting on your Microsoft 365 profile if your administrator synchronises users from Microsoft 365 to Business Central.

You can't change the texts that are stored as application data. Examples of such texts are the names of items in the inventory, or the comments for a customer. In other words, these types of text aren't translated.

Note

Business Central only supports a single character set for data. Therefore some characters may not be supported in your environment, and you may experience problems when retrieving data that was entered using a different character set. For instance, your environment may support only English and Russian characters. In this case, if you enter data in a different language, it may not be stored correctly. You should contact your system administrator to make sure you understand which languages are supported for your Business Central.

Changing your region setting

Region is different from both language and legal requirements in local markets. Region determines how your data presents itself, such as the decimal separator, and how text aligns to the left or to the right. The region also determines some of the system elements in the browser, such as the action to create a new item in a list.

You can change the region in the browser tab that you're using to work in Business Central. The change applies only to you and not to the other users in your company. The choice of region will be reset to your setting on your Microsoft 365 profile if your administrator synchronises users from Microsoft 365 into Business Central.

Important

When you change the region, you will see a long list of languages and regions. However, the language is not influenced by the choice of region.

To change the region, go to the My Settings page. For more information, see Change Basic Settings.

Changing the Region Setting for Customers, Contacts, and Vendors

Some businesses use an external service that validates address information in their country or region. However, when you need to update address information, the structured approach that these services use may not always be what's right for some scenarios. Business Central offers a more flexible means of entering address details.

On the General Ledger Setup page, if you turn on the Require Country/Region Code in Address toggle, changes to the Country/Region Code field on addresses for customers, contacts, or vendors will reset the values in other address fields.

Application Version

In the Help and Support page, you can see the version of Business Central that your company is based on. If you want to base a company on a different version, your administrator can create a new production environment. For more information, see Create a new production environment in the developer- and IT Pro content.

Languages of the Business Central Help

The Help content for the default version of Business Central publishes to Microsoft Learn. The content is available in different languages. If you access the documentation from inside Business Central, the content will display in your language. By default, if a particular page isn't available in your language yet, it will be shown in English.

How do I change the language of the Microsoft Learn site?

It's simple - scroll to the bottom of the browser page and choose the globe symbol in the bottom left corner.

Note

The list shows all languages that are supported by the Microsoft Learn site. Business Central is available in a limited number of countries/regions, and the Business Central Help content is not available in all languages that the Microsoft Learn site supports.

See Also

Resources for Help and Support
Change Basic Settings
Getting Ready for Doing Business