Word Tips: Translate Text Instantly

Lesson 6: Translate Text Instantly


Translate text instantly

With Word’s built-in translation tool, you can translate words, phrases, or even entire documents in a flash. Just keep in mind that you must be connected to the Internet in order to use it. 

Watch the video below to learn more about how this feature works.


  1. Open the Word document you want to translate.
  2. Click on the Review tab located in the ribbon at the top of the screen.
  3. Look for the Translate button and click on it.
  4. Choose the Translate Document option from the drop-down menu.
  5. In the Choose Translation Language dialog box, select the language you want to translate the document from (in this case, Spanish).
  6. Select the language you want to translate the document to (in this case, English).
  7. Click on the OK button to start the translation process.
  8. A dialog box will appear asking if you want to send the text over the Internet for translation. Click Yes to continue.
  9. Wait for the translation process to complete. A new window will open with the translated text.
  10. Finally, save the translated document.

Remember that translations may not be perfect. However, they can definitely help you understand the gist of a document that’s in another language. 

In Lesson 7, we’ll share three basic keyboard shortcuts for formatting your text.