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How to Translate Office Documents

There are series of ways by which you can translate your Microsoft Office documents or PDF files from one language to another.

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To explain it clearly, you may upload documents to the Google Translation website, select the language translation pair and hit the Translate button. Then there’s the Translator Toolkit, also from the Google stable, where you can not only translate documents but also edit the translated material. Microsoft also offers a free utility that allows translation capabilities right into all your existing Office programs (including Outlook emails).

The limitation behind   is that the Google Translate website  makes it a one-click affair to translate lengthy documents but it doesn’t preserve the formatting of your documents /presentations and thereby  changing  it into an  almost plain-text after the translation.

If the translated documents must look like the original as far as formatting is concerned, give DocTranslator a try. The user interface is tiresome but the tool is useful. You upload a document, select a target language and within a minute or so, it will translate all the text of that document in the required language while preserving the document formatting.

To give an example, here’s the original document in English and Hindi On comparison it is unerstood that, only the text has changed while all the styles are preserved. DocTranslater internally uses Google Translate itself and hence supports all language-pairs that are supported by Google Translate.

You may use the tool to translate PDFs, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, video sub-titles, OpenOffice documents and plain text files. Here’s a video demo of the translation tool in action.

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