Add Google Translation Power to Firefox

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By Akemi Iwaya on January 18th, 2010

Are you looking for a quick no-fuss way to translate webpages? Then you will want to take a good look at the Translate extension for Firefox.

Before

It can be kind of frustrating if you know of a great website or blog but are unable to read the language used to write it. While you could manually copy and paste the weblink (or a selected portion of the text) into Google Translate, being able to click a button is much simpler.

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After

Once you have installed the extension the only options to make adjustments to are for the “From & To Languages”. Use the drop-down menus to select the appropriate languages.

Note: The “From Language Menu” has an “Auto-Detect Option” available…

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For the first part of our test we selected a portion of the text from the webpage. We decided to choose our language selections in the “Status Bar” access area…

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Once you have made your language selections you will need to click on the “Translate to: Language Button” as shown below. Since we selected only part of the webpage the translation was opened in a separate pop-up window.

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For the second part of our test we decided to have the whole webpage translated. As before choose the appropriate languages and click on the “Translate to: Language Button”. The translation will be opened in a new tab (or window depending on your personalized settings)…

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And here is the result of the “whole page” translation. Not bad at all…

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Conclusion

If you are wanting a quick and easy way to translate text or whole webpages, then the Translate extension makes it very simple to do.

Links

Download the Translate extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/18/10
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