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Word Translator AddIn and Excel Translator AddIn

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Working in multinational organisations many of us struggle with ad-hoc translations of Word documents or Excel spreadsheets. Translations are a boring task. Usually what most of us have mastered is a simple process of copying texts from documents to Google Translate and back. If you have my VBA Time Saver AddIn you probably already have a neat VBA function for translations which you can add as a shortcut. However, on a daily basis if you often switch between languages you might want an AddIn instead. Thankfully I am introducing the Word Translator AddIn and the Excel Translator AddIn!

Word Translator AddIn: Translate text in Word

Word Translator AddIn
Word Translator AddIn
The Word Translator AddIn is very simple to use. First set the from and to languages. Now all you need to do is select any text and hit the Translate button (or CTRL+SHIFT+T shortcut)!

The AddIn is provided with a list of supported languages. Making it easy to simply select the language you want to translate from and to in Word. Hitting the translate button with result in the text being translated and replaced, however the formatting might change – so watch out!

The Undo functionality does not work when running a VBA macro in Word. A translated text can’t be undone. Undo will however work properly in other cases of course

Install Word Translator AddIn

Download the Word Translator AddIn

Download the Word Translator AddIn from here. Provide your email to get the download link:

Copy the AddIn to your Word Startup folder

Copy the dotm template document to your Word Startup folder. In most Windows systems it should be similar to:

C:\Users\[user.name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP

Remember to replace

[user.name]

with your username!

Excel Translator AddIn: Translate text in Excel

excel translator addin example
The Excel Translator AddIn appears as an additional Ribbon tab
The Excel Translator AddIn is similarly simple to use. First set the from and to languages. Now all you need to do is select any amount of Excel ranges and hit the Translate button (or CTRL+SHIFT+T shortcut)!

The Undo functionality does not work when running a VBA macro in Excel. A translated text can’t be undone. Undo will however work properly in other cases of course

Install Excel Translator AddIn

Download the Excel Translator AddIn

Download the Excel Translator AddIn from here. Provide your email to get the download link:

Copy the AddIn to your Microsoft AddIns folder

Copy the xlam AddIn Workbook to your Microsoft AddIns folder. In most Windows systems it should be similar to:

C:\Users\[user.name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\AddIns

Remember to replace

[user.name]

with your username!

How Word and Excel translation works

The Word and Excel Translator AddIns are proudly powered by the Google Translate engine. If you want to learn more read my post here. Do read more on how to use Google Translate responsibly.

Summary

Translations in Word and Excel can be a dull task. With the use of the above AddIns I was however able to translate my documents in 50% less time, giving me more time to check the quality of the translations and make minor language fixes.

Issues

Don’t post issues/error as comments below! Please post them on my Questions page.

The AddIns are powered by Google Translate functionality and require a working direct Internet Connection. If you get errors, most likely you are working from behind a proxy server and need to connect directly to the Internet.