Localizing/Changing SCSM Portal quick launch navigation links

Posted on Mar 25, 2013

In Switzerland a total of four languages are spoken. Beside German, Italian and French there is also a fourth language called Romansh (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh_language) which only a few people speak. However, because there are multiple languages spoken in Switzerland it is common that we have to localize System Center Service Manager portal. There are already many blog posts (including this one from Travis Wright http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager/archive/2012/02/14/how-to-select-the-portal-language-in-scsm-2012.aspx) about localizing Sharepoint by installing the appropriate language packs. However, installing the language packs does not localize the navigation links like Help Articles, My Request and My Activities located in the quick launch section of the SCSM portal.

Before changing the text of such a navigation link, select language you want to change the quick launch link text for.

Change Language in SCSM Portal

Go to Site Actions - Site Settings on your Sharepoint Portal

Go to Sharepoint Site settings

Under the settings for customizing the look and feel of the Sharepoint site, choose Quick launch.

Sharepoint Site settings

Now you’ll see your existing navigation links which you can edit by clicking the image right beside the link.

Quick Launch Sidebar

Change the description of the link to the text you want to see for the language you selected before on the portal.

Edit Navigation Link

That’s it, your navigation links on the quick launch sidebar should now show the new description.

SCSM Portal localized