Manage System Locales
  • 27 Feb 2024
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Manage System Locales

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Article Summary


A locale is a group of formatting options (for example, name, date, number, currency, and so on) that reflect the formatting standards used in specific geographical areas.


Locale settings define the formats that display on system screens for items that may vary by country or region, such as name, address, currency, date, and time formats.

Although a default system locale is set when a site is created, individual users can select their own locale to ensure they are using the formatting standards prevalent in their local areas.

For example, an organization with offices in the United Kingdom and China could define locales for each of these locations. A user in England can select the U.K. locale to ensure that formatting options specific to England (for example, a long date format of [dd MMMM yyyy] or a currency of U.K. Pounds) are used throughout the system. Likewise, a user in China can select the China locale to ensure that formatting options specific to China (for example, a person name format of Last Name First Name or a currency of China Yuan Renminbi) are used throughout the system.

Note: A locale does not specify the language in which system screens are displayed. However, each locale defined appears in the Language drop-down list on the login page.

You use the Manage System Locales screen to define the locales available for users to select in their personal settings.

How to Access the Screen

  1. In the Global Toolbar, display the Settings menu and select Settings.

  2. Select the System Configuration tab, if necessary, to display system configuration options.

  3. Display the Show drop-down list and select locales. The Manage System Locales screen displays.

Tasks You Can Do on This Screen

  • Add icon

    - Add a locale.

  • Copy icon

    - Copy a locale.

  • Save icon

    - Modify and save a locale.

Field Descriptions on This Screen

Screen Item


Locale (list pane)

Lists all currently defined locales.

Status (list pane)

Lists the status of each locale.

Active check box

Makes the selected locale active or inactive. Note: The Active check box is selected by default when you first create or copy a locale. Once you save the locale, you cannot change this setting.


Language that drives the time, date, and sort order formats for the locale. The selected language also becomes the name of the locale. Users see the language links/options in Onboard ONLY if multiple languages are configured. If a single language is configured, no language links or menus display.


Country or region for which the locale is defined.

Formatted Person Name

Display format for names.

Formatted Mailing Address

Display format for mailing addresses.

Currency Code

Currency code for the locale.

Currency Symbol

Currency symbol for the locale.

Long Date Format

Display format for long date entries.

Short Date Format

Display format for short date entries.

Month/Year Format

Display format for month/year entries.

Time Format

Display format for time entries.

Number Format

Display format for numbers.

Distance Unit

Distance unit of measure for the locale (for example, miles or kilometers).

Sorting Order of Text

The text sorting order for the locale. Note: Three sort order options are available:

  • Alphabetic - to support English, Western European, and Asian languages.

  • Pronunciation (Pin-Yin) - to support Asian languages.

  • Stroke Count and Bopomofo (Mandarin phonetic symbols) - to support Asian languages.

Creating a Locale


You can create a locale for any of the available languages.

Available languages are configured at the database level during the initial staging site setup.

Note: You can also create a new locale by copying an existing locale.

  1. Display the Manage System Locales screen.

  2. Select the Add icon Add icon.

  3. Specify the language and the formatting options.

  4. Select the Save icon Save icon.

Copying a Locale


If an existing locale is similar to a new locale you want to add, you can copy the existing locale and modify it to create the new locale.

  1. Manage System Locales

  2. Display the screen.

  3. In the list pane, select the locale you want to copy.

  4. Select the Copy icon Copy icon to copy the selected locale.

  5. Specify the language and modify formatting options as needed.

  6. Select the Save icon Save icon.

Modifying a Locale


For existing locales, you can modify any of the options except for the language.

  1. Display the Manage System Locales screen.

  2. Select different formatting options, as necessary.

  3. Select the Save icon Save icon.