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Changing your Language Settings in SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Introduction

When you launch your SAP S/4HANA Cloud system for the first time, you may want to change your language settings. Intuitively, you will navigate to the Language & Region settings by clicking onto the Me icon at the top right of your SAP Fiori Launchpad. However, you will notice that the language field is grayed out and you cannot change the language settings here.

In this blog post, we will see different ways to change our language settings in the SAP Fiori Launchpad. In my example, we will change the language settings from English to German. We will do so by applying two different methods and discuss what you need to keep an eye on.

Changing the Language Settings

In general you have two options for changing your language settings. The first option is to change your language settings in the web browser settings. The other option is to add a URL parameter to your SAP S/4HANA Cloud URL.

Internet Explorer

Note from 2021, Internet Explorer version 11 is out of maintenance for SAP S/4HANA Cloud. Please refer to the Browser Support Platform Wiki to keep up to date with the latest changes.

The steps you need to perform in your Internet Explorer to change your language settings are as follows:

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click Internet Options
  • Click Languages, under the General tab, under Appearance click Languages.
  • Click Set Language Preferences.

  • From within the Language Preference window, select German as you would like to have it as priority
  • Click Move up repeatedly until the language is displayed at the top of the list
  • Click OK. Your screen should look as follows:

  • Click OK
  • Close Internet Explorer
  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Open your SAP S/4HANA Cloud system by typing the URL.

Google Chrome

In Google Chrome, you can have your SAP S/4HANA Cloud system displayed in another language other than your default display language. SAP S/4HANA Cloud will take the language which is at the top of the list.

  • Open Chrome.
  • At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  • At the bottom, click Advanced.
  • Under “Languages,” click Language.
  • Next to German, click More More
  • Click Move to the top, so that German is at the top of the list.

  • Close Google Chrome
  • Open Google Chrome
  • Open your SAP S/4HANA Cloud system by typing the URL.

Adding URL Parameter (Advanced!!!)

In case you need to switch between different languages frequently, the above mentioned approach is cumbersome.

You can also switch the languages dynamically without changing your browser settings. Add the parameter ‘?sap-language=XX’ to your SAP S/4HANA Cloud URL where XX is the language key (DE, EN, etc.) and you can even open two tabs in your browser with different languages for the same SAP S/4HANA Cloud system.

Examples:

Note with this approach the cookie sap-usercontext which is created when you initially logon to your SAP S/4HANA Cloud system will be updated. Your SAP S/4HANA Cloud system will always be displayed depending on the value in this cookie.

For “reseting” your SAP S/4HANA Cloud language settings, you can delete this cookie by clicking on the X. The cookie will be reloaded when you login to your SAP S/4HANA Cloud system again and will contain the value of your default language settings.

Alternativly, you can also delete your cache.

Conclusion

In this blog, we saw how we can change our language settings in SAP S/4HANA Cloud so that the applications in the SAP Fiori Launchpad are displayed in the language we prefer. You can either change the language settings in the web browser. The other, more advanced option is to add the URL parameter ‘?sap-language=XX’. This approach should only be done, if you are comfortable with your browser settings and familiar to basic HTTP cookie concepts.

Please leave a comment below, if you have any questions.

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  • You won’t need to change languages if you know another language well. English isn’t my first language but I know it really well since I managed to find ways to improve english speaking skills. Some motivation and free time and you can learn any second language.