Languages: Edit Override

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Overrides allow you to change a core Joomla string.

In the Joomla code, text strings that are to appear in the User Interface, either the Site interface or the Administrator interface, are expressed as string constants. For example, the string Your session has expired. Please log in again. is expressed as JLIB_ENVIRONMENT_SESSION_EXPIRED. The text string can be translated into any language. The default language is British English. There are thousands of such strings in a Joomla installation.

If a string does not suit your site you can use the Language Override feature to replace the original.

How to Access[edit]

  • Select System  Manage Panel  Language Overrides. Then...
    • Select a Language and Client from the drop down list. Then...
      • Select the New button in the Toolbar to create a new override. Or...
      • Select the constant link in the Constant column to edit an existing override.



Form Fields[edit]

Right Panel: Search text you want to change

  • Search For. Start here! You are more likely to know the Value (expired) than the Constant (_EXPIRED). In either case, the search is a case insensitive for the partial string.
  • Search Text. Enter the text to search for and select the Search button.
  • Search Results. A list of strings containing the search term appears in a separate panel. Select the one you are looking for. The constant and text will be copied into the Create a New Override panel, labelled Edit this Override if you editing an existing override.

Left Panel: Create a New Override or Edit this Override

  • Language Constant. This is the strings used in the code by the developer. If the value does not exist in the code the string will never be used.
  • Text. This is where you override the default term with your version.
  • File. This shows where the override file is located in the file system. You might need to know this for trouble-shooting.


Near the top of the page you will see the filter bar shown in the Screenshot above. The functions are:

  • Save. Saves the item and stays in the current screen.
  • Save & Close. Saves the item and closes the current screen.
  • Save & New. Saves the item and keeps the editing screen open and ready to create another item.
  • Cancel. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made. Or
  • Close. Closes the current screen and returns to the previous screen without saving any modifications you may have made. This toolbar icon is not shown if you are creating a new item.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.