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05 June 2008

Change language for preformatted document libraries

by Patrik Luca 0 comments

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You can add preformatted document libraries to your SharePoint sites easily. They give you an excellent example of how you can set up Microsoft Office Word 2007 templates with a document information panel containing metadata values based on the columns in your corresponding document library.
It is also an excellent example about how you can add these metadata values in your Word 2007 document through means of inserting Quick Parts. By editing the properties of your document in SharePoint, the update will be reflected immediately in your Word 2007 document and vice versa.

I ran into one problem however: after having installed the List templates in the List templates gallerie, they didn't become available in my site when I tried to create a new document library.

I soon realised it had something to do with the language settings: my site was not an English site, but the List templates are only available for download in English.

To create new document libraries based on these excellent examples of List templates in a non-English site, follow these steps:

  1. Change the .stp extension to .cab.

  2. Open the .cab-file with an archive tool, such as IZArc.

  3. Extract all files to a temporary directory.

  4. Open the manifest.xml file with an editor such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007.

  5. Look for the Language node and change the lcid 1033 (for English) to the lcid of your choice.

  6. Drag and drop all extracted files into the .cab-file if you are using IZArc. If you are using another tool, just make a new .cab-file containing all the extracted files.

  7. Change the .cab extension to .stp. You can optionally choose to give the list template another name if you want to have it co-exist in the gallerie next to the English one.

  8. Upload the List template.

  9. You'll notice that the language column of your just uploaded list template reflects the value based on your chosen lcid in step 5.

  10. Go to the site created in the same language as your chosen lcid in step 5: you'll see that the list template becomes available in the new form under the Libraries section.

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Patrik Luca, Ieper, BELGIUM
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