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1969993 - How to change Preferred Viewing Locale (PVL) of Crystal Reports (CR) designer for one OS user


  • Preferred Viewing Locale (PVL) of Crystal Reports (CR) is set per each OS user
  • The setting value is saved into registry under [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SAP BusinessObjects\Suite XI 4.0\LanguageOptions]
  • How to change Preferred View Locale (PVL) of Crystal Reports (CR) designer for one OS user


  • Crystal Reports (CR) 2011
  • Crystal Reports (CR) 2013


How to change PVL in CR designer:

  1. Launch CR designer.
  2. Go to View > Preferred Viewing Locale.
  3. Change it to expected one.
  4. Close CR designer.
    =>The change of PVL will be save into Registry Key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SAP BusinessObjects\Suite XI 4.0\LanguageOptions].
  5. Re-launch CR designer.
  6. Go to View > Preferred Viewing Locale.
    =>PVL is selected as saved option.

How to change PVL out of CR designer:

1.  For OS user who haven't launched CR designer:

  • Registry Key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SAP BusinessObjects\Suite XI 4.0\LanguageOptions] doesn't exist.
    New User PVL.jpg
  • Go to Control Panel > Region and Language and change Format to expected one.
    Region and Language.jpg
  • Launch CR designer and Go to View > Preferred Viewing Locale.
    Locale as system.jpg
  • After launching, registry Key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SAP BusinessObjects\Suite XI 4.0\LanguageOptions] becames available with value as system.
    After launching.jpg
  • Please note that this method by changing system format is only available at the first time before launching CR designer.


2.  For OS user who have used CR designer:
WARNING: The following resolution involves editing the registry. Using the Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems. Use the Registry Editor at your own risk. Refer to Note 1323322 for more information.

  • Change Registry Key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SAP BusinessObjects\Suite XI 4.0\LanguageOptions]

    Example: Set Product Locale as English and PVL as English(Australia)

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SAP BusinessObjects\Suite XI 4.0\LanguageOptions]



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