Windows 8 Store Apps _ Using Localization

Hi Friends
In this article i want to explain about localization on Windows Store Apps. If you built an application and want to make this application world wide, you have to add multi-language in your application.
So lets start the sample about using localization on Windows Store Applications.
First of all we need to add *.resw files to project. This file is string resource files and we need to add resw file for every language.

I added 3 *.resw file in my project for English German and Turkish languages in different folders with same name.

Then i modifying my *.resw files for every language:
Resources.resw file in ”en” folder

Resources.resw file in ”gr” folder

Resources.resw file in ”tr” folder

In my MainPage.xaml page i place 1 combobox 3 TextBlock and 2 Textbox.









<Grid Background=”{StaticResource ApplicationPageBackgroundThemeBrush}”>

<TextBlock Name=”txtUserName” HorizontalAlignment=”Left” Margin=”316,304,0,0″ TextWrapping=”Wrap” Text=”User Name” VerticalAlignment=”Top” FontSize=”36″/>

<TextBlock Name=”txtPassword” HorizontalAlignment=”Left” Margin=”316,353,0,0″ TextWrapping=”Wrap” Text=”Password” VerticalAlignment=”Top” FontSize=”36″/>

<ComboBox Name=”cmbLanguage” HorizontalAlignment=”Left” Margin=”591,38,0,0″ VerticalAlignment=”Top” Width=”205″ SelectionChanged=”ComboBox_SelectionChanged_1″/>

<TextBlock HorizontalAlignment=”Left” Margin=”381,38,0,0″ TextWrapping=”Wrap” Text=”Choose Language” VerticalAlignment=”Top” FontSize=”22″/>

<TextBox HorizontalAlignment=”Left” Margin=”553,304,0,0″ TextWrapping=”Wrap” VerticalAlignment=”Top” Width=”333″/>

<TextBox HorizontalAlignment=”Left” Margin=”553,353,0,0″ TextWrapping=”Wrap” VerticalAlignment=”Top” Width=”333″/>







Write very simple code for add items in combobox.


When you select a language on combobox ,language file will change. For doing this process we must write some code on combobox selectionChanged event.

var context = new ResourceContext();var selectedLanguage = cmbLanguage.SelectedItem;if (selectedLanguage != null){var lang = new List<string>();lang.Add(selectedLanguage.ToString());

context.Languages = lang;

var resourceStringMap = ResourceManager.Current.MainResourceMap.GetSubtree(“Resources”);

this.txtUserName.Text = resourceStringMap.GetValue(“string1”, context).ValueAsString;

this.txtPassword.Text = resourceStringMap.GetValue(“string2”,context).ValueAsString;


ResourceContext reads the *.resw files. If we read our language files we can read ids of contents and call them where ever we want.

Our language changer is ready just test.

I hope that is helpful

May the knowledge be with you

M.Zeki Osmancık

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