How to Translate to Another Language in Google Docs

Occasionally you may need to create a document that can be read by people that speak another language. While there is no replacement for a native speaker that can manually perform that translation for you, you might be happy with something passable that is fast, easy, and inexpensive.

Google Docs has a translation tool that can achieve this result for you. Our tutorial below will show you how to perform a translation of a document in Google Docs to any of a number of available languages. You will then have two copies of the document; the original version in the language that you typed, and the translated version in the language that you will select in the steps below.


Google Docs – Translate a Document to Another Language

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser. Completing this guide is going to create a copy of your document that is translated into another language. You will be able to select a name for the new translated version of the document during the translation process.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document that you want to translate to another language.


Step 2: Select the Tools tab at the top of the window.

open the google docs tools menu



Step 3: Choose the Translate document option.

choose the translate document tool



Step 4: Enter a name for the translated copy of the document, then click the dropdown menu under Translate into.

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Step 5: Select the desired language from the list of languages.

select the translation language google docs



Step 6: Click the blue Translate button.

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