Extensions Language Manager Installed

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How to Access

Select Extensions → Language Manager from the drop-down menu on the back-end of your Joomla! installation or click the icon Language in the control center.


In the Language Manager you can set the default Language for both the Front-end and Back-end of your Joomla! web site.



Column Headers

The Installed tab has the following column titles. These details are fetched from the XML file included in the language pack.

  • Num. An indexing number automatically assigned by Joomla! for ease of reference.
  • Radiobutton. Allows you to choose a language and set it as the default.
  • Language. Item language.
  • Language Tag. The language tag corresponding to the language above.
  • Location. Whether the language is the front end or backend (note this is chosen from the Toolbar Links at the top of the page
  • Default. The default language of the site, marked with a yellow graphical asterisk in this column. Note: to every user a language can be assigned (see "User Management"), user from groups "Administrator" and "Super Administrator" can select their preferred language themself at login.
  • Version. The version number of the installed language.
  • Date. The creation date of the language.
  • Author. The name of the language translator is displayed in this column.
  • Author E-mail. The e-mail address of the translator.


At the top right you will see the toolbar:


The functions are:

  • Default. Makes the selected language the default language. The default star symbol (Icon-16-default.png) will show in the Default column, indicating that this is now the default language.
  • Install Language. Redirects to the Extension Manager Language Installer
  • Options. Opens the Options window where settings such as default parameters or permissions can be edited.
  • Help. Opens this help screen.

Toolbar Links

At the top left, above the columns, you will see four links as shown below:


  • Installed - Site. Shows the Languages available for the front-end of the web site.
  • Installed - Administrator. Shows the Languages available for the back-end of the web site.
  • Content. Shows the Content Languages available for the web site. See Extensions Language Manager Content.
  • Overrides. Allows you to override any language strings in any language file through the backend.

Quick Tips

  • Users can use any Language from the list of installed Languages, either by having it assigned in the User Manager or by filling out a Menu Item Manager - New/Edit - User Form Layout at the Front end. This will cause the Joomla! system prompts to be generated in this Language just for this User. For example, if a User chooses Spanish as their language, then the Search Module will show with prompts in Spanish.
  • This User's choice is not affected by the Default Language set for the Front-end.
  • Changing a User's Language or the Default Language does not affect the web site's Articles and other content.
  • Important: Do not delete the default language files (for example, with FTP). This will create errors on both the Front-end and Back-end.
  • If desired, you can show the Front-end site in one Language and show the Back-end administration pages in a different Language. Also, individual articles can be configured to use a different language in the Advanced Parameter pane when editing the Article.

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