||Carlos J. Quintero (Microsoft MVP)
||Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002
||Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003
||Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
||Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
||Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
||Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
This article discusses some considerations when testing add-ins in localized (international) versions of Visual Studio.
Visual Studio offers three kinds of localizations:
- Fully localized versions (until Visual Studio 2010): each localized version is a complete installation. Fortunately,
Visual Studio supports installing multiple localized versions on the same
machine. You just need to run the setup of each localized version and you will
get additional folders (using locale Ids such as 1033 for English, 3082 for
Spanish, etc.) with the resources of the localized version. At the time of this writing Visual Studio is localized in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified) and Chinese (Traditional).
- Localized versions through Language Packs (Visual Studio 2012). It provides the same languages than above, but from a single full installation.
Microsoft Captions Language Interface Pack (CLIP): it is installed on top of
the English version and uses tooltip captions to display translations for user
interface terms. Since the core version is English, this kind doesn't affect
To select the language used by Visual Studio, there are two ways:
- The "Tools", "Options" dialog, "Environment", "International Settings" section,
"Language" combobox. This combobox contains one value for each Visual Studio
language installed, plus the special item "Same as Microsoft Windows". This
special value is only honored if there is a Visual Studio localized version that
matches the language of Windows.
- The /LCID command-line switch when launching the devenv.exe application. This
approach allows you to have several shortcuts which launch Visual Studio in
An add-in can get the locale Id (LCID) of Visual Studio using the
EnvDTE.DTE.LocaleID property. For a list of LCID values see
Assigned by Microsoft.
The following list enumerates some areas that developers of add-ins must test
with localized Visual Studio versions:
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