Do you need side by side or hover language translations while browsing? Then join us as we look at the Bing Translator accelerator for Internet Explorer 8.

Note: This article is geared towards those who may not have used this accelerator before or declined to “add it” when setting up IE 8.

Using Bing Translator

Once you have clicked on Add to Internet Explorer and confirmed the installation your new accelerator is ready to use.

For our example we chose a Norwegian news article.

Right-click within the webpage to access the context menu entry for translating. Depending on the originating language, you may want to go ahead and set it manually before beginning the translation. The translation will be opened in a new tab…

Note: The same entry can also be accessed through the All Accelerators listing.


There are four settings available for viewing your translations: side by side, top/bottom, original with hover translation, & translation with hover original.

First a look at the side by side view. When maximized the window area will be divided 50/50 and as you hover your mouse or scroll in one side the same action will occur simultaneously in the other side.

The top/bottom view. As above browser actions occur simultaneously in both sections.

The original with hover translation view. Especially helpful if you are studying a new language and want to check your level of understanding for the original language.

The translation with original hover view. Four different viewing options make it easy to find the one that best suits your needs.


If you need a convenient way to translate between languages in Internet Explorer 8, then the Bing Translator accelerator just might be what you have been looking for.


Add the Bing Translator accelerator to Internet Explorer 8

Akemi Iwaya
Akemi Iwaya has been part of the How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media team since 2009. She has previously written under the pen name "Asian Angel" and was a Lifehacker intern before joining How-To Geek/LifeSavvy Media. She has been quoted as an authoritative source by ZDNet Worldwide.
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