If you’re editing a document in Microsoft Office 2010 but require translation, you will be happy to know Microsoft has included a groovy, easy to use translation tool built right into Word 2010, Excel, etc.
The process Office 2010 uses is an automated translator service so it may not be 100% accurate, but it gets the job done and only seems to have issues with some of the more difficult language translations. This feature is available in all of the core Office suite programs, Excel Word, Powerpoint, OneNote, etc. For this example, I’ll demonstrate it using Microsoft Word.
How To Quickly Translate Entire Office 2010 Documents Into Another Language
1. From inside of your Office 2010 App, Click the Review ribbon. Next Click Translate and then from the drop-down menu Click Translate Document.
2. In the Translate Document window Select which Language you are currently using under From:. Then Select which Language you would like the document translated into under To:.
The translation site will conveniently place your translated document side by side with the original version for easy comparison. Once you are happy with the translation, just Copy and Paste it into your document.
Not only do you have the ability to translate entire documents into a whole new language, but the side-by-side comparison can help to ensure things don’t get “lost in translation.” Groovy!
How To Translate Individual Text Segments From An Office Document
Using the mouse, Select any word, sentence, or even paragraph of text. Once you have your selection, Right-Click the selected text and then Click Translate. Office will automatically open the research pane and instantly offer you a translation. The language can be adjusted, and once you are satisfied with the translation Click Insert.
The research bar might look a little intimidating at first, but after playing around with it for a few minutes, it is friendly. Having a built-in translator brings a whole new level of speed to Office 2010 because it sure can get frustrating looking for a Babelfish every time you need to write something in a different language.
Note: In Outlook the Translation function is located under the Message Ribbon and the Editing tab when reading emails.