Translate words and documents to another language within Word

Translate full documents or specific words, phrases or sentences in your document across 60 languages right in Word, powered by Microsoft Translator.

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You must be on Version 1710 or higher, be connected to the internet,  and should have Office Intelligent Services to use Translator.

If you are not a subscriber and want to translate your text to another language, see Translate text in another language.

Translate words

You can look up translations for selected words, phrases, and other document selections using the Translate Selection option.

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  1. Select the text you want to translate in your document.

  2. Right-click the selected text and choose Translate from the context menu. The Translator pane is displayed.

    Showing Right-click menu for Translate

    Note: The first time you use Translator, a message will appear asking your permission to get translations for you. If you want to use Translator, select Turn on.

  3. Select the To language from the drop down. If you'd like, you can click Insert to replace the selected text with the translated text, with formatting preserved.

    Showing Selection Translation

You can also use Translator as a reference tool, to quickly look up translations for words or sentences while working in Word.

  • On the Review tab, in the Language group, choose Translate and select Translate Selection.

    Showing Translate Selection option under Review tab
  • Enter text (words or sentences that you need to translate) in the From field and select the language in the To drop down to see the translation.

Translate the whole document

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  1. Open the document you want to translate in Word.

  2. On the Review tab, in the Language group, choose Translate and select Translate Document.

    Showing Translate Document option under Review tab

    Note: The first time you use Translator, a message will appear asking your permission to get translations for you. If you want to use Translator, select Turn on.

  3. First time users will be prompted to confirm your preferred reading language with the To language setting. Translator will continue to use this language the next time you translate any document.

    • You can also set the From language setting. By default, it is set to Auto-detect each time Translator starts up, which means it will detect the language of the content during translation, including documents which contain content in multiple languages.

      Showing To language drop-down menu

  4. Click Translate. After translation is complete, the translated version of your document opens up in a separate window.

    • Note that the translation is a separate document. Your original document will stay open in the original window, and will not be modified by the translation.

    • The translated document is a regular Word document (.docx), so you can interact with it like any other document: Print, Save, Share, or use Reading Mode or Learning Tools

Change document translation language

If you later want to change the To language for document translation, or if you need to translate a document to more than one language, you can do so, by selecting Set Document Translation Language...from the Translate menu.

Shows Set Document Translation under Translate menu

See also

Admin considerations for the modern Translator feature in Office

What are intelligent services?

Translator for Outlook

Languages supported by Microsoft Translator

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