Excel Translate

Updated on December 27, 2023
Article byWallstreetmojo Team
Edited byAshish Kumar Srivastav
Reviewed byDheeraj Vaidya, CFA, FRM

Excel Translate Function

Excel Translate is a function that helps to convert any sentence or word from one language to another. It is available in the “Review” tab under the “Language” section. Still, there is one important part that we need to remember. Excel has its pairs of languages for translation, such as English to Spanish or English to French. There are three translation options available: the online dictionary, the dictionary available when downloaded, and the third is the machine translation.

Where to Find Translate Function in Excel?

The “Translate” function is found in the “Review” tab of MS Excel.

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You must be wondering what its use is! Let us understand with the following example.

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We have a text–

  1. What is this in our Excel. To understand this function, we must click on the Translate in the Review tab and then press Turn on (highlighted in green color).

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  2. As we perform the above task immediately, we come across the following screen.

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  3. There is a range of languages to be selected from, as produced in the screenshot below. The languages are shown alphabetically, and the last language is Yucatec Maya. There are hundreds of languages to select from.

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  4. The Translate function can also swap the To and From, as shown in the screenshot below.

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    Let us check your mind! First, you must be wondering if we could also google short sentences; then, what is Excel translate’s actual use?

    Well, here is the answer.

  5. Suppose we have a long sentence – Hi Amme, My name is Animisha. I am here to help you with your work. If we try googling such long sentences, Google might arrive at various suggestions. However, we require instant software that automatically converts the foreign language into English or the local language for immediate understanding.

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Add Excel Translate Function in Quick Access ToolBar

If we have to use language conversion regularly, we can create a shortcut in Excel for easy access.

We must first go to the “File” and click on “Options, and then select the Quick Access toolbarQuick Access ToolbarQuick Access Toolbar (QAT) is a toolbar in Excel that may be customized and is located on the upper left-hand side of the window. It enables users to save important shortcuts and easily access them when needed.read more.

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In the “Quick Access Toolbar,” on the right-hand side, we have an option – “Choose commands from,as shown below. First, we must select the “Review Tab,” then select a “Translate” option.

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Once we select “Translate,” click on “Add>>.”

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As soon as the “Add>>” option is pressed, we get the “Translate” option on the right-side pane, and we shall press “OK.

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After clicking “OK” at the “Home” tab, an automatic option of the “Translate” function will be available in the “Quick Access toolbar in excelToolbar In ExcelThe toolbar, also known as the quick access toolbar, is located on the left top-most side of the excel window and has only a few options by default, such as save, redo, and undo. Users can, however, customize it to their liking and add any option or button to make it easier to access the commands.read more.

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Use of Translator

Now you must be wondering why and where it is used so widely?

Well, the answer is as follows.

  • Many companies like BPO, pharmaceutical, medical, and other companies deal with their products and demands internationally. The “Translate” function is a savior for such industries to use and get reliable information. Also, it can handle and convert multiple data at a time.
  • It also helps conduct surveys for new products or services by asking for customer reviews from the markets where they need to be set up.

Here is an example of a market survey conducted for multiple new product-line businesses tested and tried upon ten people to pitch in more clarity. Their reviews have been considered before creating an actual market. So, people from across the globe have sent thoughts in their language in writing. With the help of the Excel “Translate” function, we can convert all the words into English or any other convenient language.

Following is the list of products and customers from various parts of the world and their reviews based upon the taste and usage of products:

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With the help of the Excel “Translate” function, we can easily convert it into the English language and save it for our further reference. Then, we have to apply the procedure mentioned above one by one. And the desired answer would be as follows:

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The above is an example of 10 consumers. However, there may be close to a thousand such reviews every day in a real-life scenario.

Recommended Articles

This article has been a guide to Excel Translate Function. Here, we learn to translate text to different languages using “Translate” in Excel and how to add a “Translate” option in “Quick Access ToolBar.” You can learn more about Excel functions from the following articles: –

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