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How to Update Multilingual Labels in SAP

Mar 16, 2016 11:32:39 AM / by Whitaker-Taylor


One of the most powerful functionalities in SAP is the ability to configure multiple languages. SAP provides excellent features for managing them, but in such a complex platform, it is difficult to remember how to use all of them.

When we use a complex business platform, there many configuration options we may change over time as our organizations change. The options multiply when we are using multiple languages. It’s easy to forget, months or years after implementation, that there is an easier way to do things than to repeat updates in each language.

This article is a guide on how to update the labels for Employee Subgroup in multiple languages without logging in with each language to do it. You can use the procedure for any label change.

Here are the steps to change the label for all languages.

Step 1: Locate the Label

First, go to the IMG via the SPRO transaction and open up the Enterprise Structure node. Look for that part of the Enterprise Structure you want to maintain and select it. In our example, it is Employee Groups.


The Change View window will open.

Step 2: Select an Entry.

In this case, it is the Employee Group named Active.


Step 3: Navigate to Translation

At the top of the screen, select Goto in the Menu.

Select Translation.

The Choose Language window will open.


Step 4: Choose your language.


Use the check boxes in the left column to select the languages you use.

Click the check mark in the bottom menu. 

Your list of languages will appear. In this example, we have only English and German.


Step 5: Enter label names.


Enter in the text for each language.

You can also select multiple languages as shown in this example.


We hope you will put this guide in your well-organized library of tip and tricks. If you are like many of us, you won’t remember how to do it -- but you will remember that you can do it and will know where to look for the guide.

What challenges have you run into when you are making a multilingual configuration change? Share your experience with us, or other readers. Maybe your solution will help another user avoid doing a task the hard way.

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Written by: Whitaker-Taylor