Translating Text





Translating Text

Word's research tools include language translation. When you select a word in your text and click the Translate button on the ribbon (Review Proofing Translate or Alt+R, L), Word begins to look up the word using the last language selection for the translation (Figure). (Word speaks Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.)

Figure. Translating words and phrases takes place in the Research task pane and, in fact, the process is very similar to the other research tasks.


Accurate translation is more of an art than a science. As a result, computer automation goes only part of the journey. Along with the translation of words and phrases, you get an offer to professionally translate your entire document for a fee (Figure). (Or, you can ask a friend who speaks the language for help.)

Figure. When you ask Word to translate for you, you get a computer translation and a commercial offer to have a pro do the job. In this case, Lingo offered to translate a 4,500-word chapter of A Tale of Two Cities for just over $1,000.


Translation ScreenTips

Translation screen tips are another pop-up helper you can turn on. Go to Review Proofing Translation ScreenTip, and choose a language from the drop-down menu. Screen tips are available in English, French, Spanish, and other languages. Once you choose your language, all you have to do to see a translation and definitions for the word is to pause your mouse cursor over the word for a couple of seconds (Figure). The multilanguage details are surprisingly complete.

Figure. Word's translation screen tips are great if you're in the process of learning a language or you're working in a language that isn't your first. Pause your cursor over a word, and you see a complete dictionary entry in two languages. Entries include parts of speech and idiomatic phrases.




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