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Translate Selected Text in Microsoft Word 2007

This article was written by MysticGeek, a tech blogger at the How-To Geek Blogs.

Let’s face it, in a global business market we don’t all speak the same language, so sometimes it may be necessary to use a medium to translate business documents.  Word 2007 has that functionality built right in.

First select the text you need to translate.


Next click on Review and then Translate.


On the left hand side of the document you will get a Research task pane.  Here is where you can select which language to translate to or from.  You can also choose to have the entire document translated.


The text you highlighted will be translated via WorldLingo in the lower portion of the task pane.


If the language you need is not included by default, just click on Translation Options and select the specific language you need.


This is a useful feature, hopefully it will help somebody.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 01/16/08

Comments (15)

  1. Sporg

    Hi there,

    Great post, had no idea that office could do that. Seen the button before but it never clicked lol.



  2. Rick Hackett

    You can do this in Microsoft Word 2003 as well. You have to click Tools>Research>Translate…

    I use this often. It is a very handy tool.

  3. William

    I have a question. My office only has 5 language pairs showing. What do I need to do to get all the pairs like you do in your example?


  4. Linda

    Hi, I have microsoft office Standard 2007. Im taking a word processing class and I need translating text and it says I need to install it and im not sure what to do. Can you help me?
    Thank you

  5. Max


    Thanks for the tip. How do I add a language pair. I want to translate from Greek to English. It isn’t included in the list, and I can’t figure out how to enable it. Thanks.

  6. jon e.

    Hi, thanks for the article. I translated a word from English to Arabic, but if I try to copy paste the translated word back into the main body it reverses the characters since Arabic is written right to left. Is there a way to prevent this? Or, is there a way to reverse words in MS Word?

  7. Alijay

    Hi Mysticgeek
    I have used your tip to translate a document into Spanish and it worked well but how do I save the translation from the task pane?
    Regards Alijay.

  8. Richard

    Is there a way of pasteing the translated text back in the word document
    so that i can send both the original text and the translated text in the same letter.

  9. Alejandro

    Excelente información. A mi me ha sido de bastante útil. Muchas Gracias!!!

  10. SAM

    Hi all,hell yeah it’s an awesome tool for translation!
    Thank you guys for showing this up…
    There are IT pro people (like me!) who still don’t know where to find the tool when asked about! till now of course!

  11. ridwan

    mau tanya
    kalo translate dari inggris-inggris gmn ya pke ms word 2007 /?
    butuh pencerahan nih

    saya ada tugas dari dosen
    suruh translate kata” hukum dalam bhs.inggirs ke bhs.inggris
    gmn ya ??

  12. Srikaanth

    Keep it up. Great Work. Thanks for educating.

  13. Alex

    I have used your tip to translate a document from Spanish to English but it translated inside a web page. How i can make it to translate right into the document?

  14. peter

    Do SM Word, or some plugin translate on hover mouse over the word(s), like some translator extensions for Firefox?

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