Changing SSRS 2016 user display language

Working in a Swiss company where German is the language of predilection for formatting numbers, dates and currency I was having a hard time understanding what SSRS 2016 was trying to tell me on the displays of it’s menus and options.

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Words like Paginierter Bericht don’t really mean much to me and trying to understand error messages like :

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Is quite tedious, luckily SSRS Portal allows you to copy paste the text in the error message for translation or lookup purposes.

With a quick internet search I was able to find this great forum post on How to change the user language of reporting services .

Internet Options –> Languages –> Set Language Preferences –> Add the language of your choice and restart the browser.

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Unfortunately following the instructions didn’t make it work for me. After removing all languages and only keeping English (United States) the page was still in German.

Result : I am still stuck with a language I don’t speak. Of course I could start learning it but I bet there must be an easier way.

And actually there is – The only thing making a difference in the language displayed is the Change date, time, or number formats option in the language settings of the control panel.

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Changing it to Spanish and refreshing the browser changed the SSRS user language to Spanish without me having to add a language at all.

To change the user language of SSRS 2016 you need only to change the Formatting Region setting from the control panel – nothing else !

Happy reporting !

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