By default, Manager will open and operate in English. If you prefer to work with Manager in a different language, you can easily switch. Language preference is set by the individual user and affects all businesses that user can access.
By default, you will see in the footer at the bottom of the Manager window:
If your web-browser is configured to accept other languages, you will also see those options by default. For example, if your web browser is configured to accept English, Vietnamese, and Arabic, you will see this:
To switch to an available language, simply click on its link. No matter which language you currently have selected, you can also click the + button in the footer :
Links to all available languages will appear. Choose your preferred language by clicking its link:
Northwind Traders moves to the Netherlands and decides to switch languages. It follows the procedures described above, clicking on Nederlands and now sees information in the new language:
Manager implements translation via a lookup table including terms used in the program. This table covers predictable words, such as:
The table does not include content you enter anywhere in the program. Therefore, Manager will not translate:
Default, placeholder group and account names on the profit and loss statement side of your chart of accounts are special cases. Because these placeholder names are not control accounts and are not related to hard-coded program functions, they are treated as though they were created by the user. Therefore, they are not translated back and forth when the language preference is changed.
However, because they are present by default when a new business is created, their names are known in advance, and they are included in the translation table. So when they are first created, their names will be in the language currently set. If you plan to operate a business in a certain language, set that as your preference before creating the business. The placeholder groups and accounts will be titled in your desired language. They will not, however, be translated later if you change language.
Manager also reverses layout from left-to-right to right-to-left when one of the following languages is chosen:
For further information on right-to-left languages, see another Guide.
Users can quickly switch back and forth between languages. For example, you might have some customers who prefer invoices in English and others who prefer invoices in French. You can change the language directly on the sales invoice entry screen, seeing the exact result in real time.
When a business operates in multiple languages, whether because customers or suppliers use different languages or because internal users do, a few ideas may be helpful: