How to use the new Translate feature to translate text in a Word 2002 document

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SUMMARY

With the new Translate feature in Word, you can look up text in the dictionary of a different language, perform basic translation of short phrases in your document, and gain access to translation services on the Web.

In summary, you can do the following:
  • Look up words or phrases in the dictionary of a different language. (Available languages are determined by the language dictionaries that are installed on your computer.)
  • Insert the translated text into your document directly from the Translate task pane.
  • Gain access to translation services on the Web directly from the Translate task pane.

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Translate Text in Word

The Translate feature provides suggested translations for selected text in your document. You can select a section of text in your document, select a dictionary, and then click Go in the Translate task pane to retrieve translations of all the words in your selection.

Then you can select a word in your document that you want to translate, select the translated word in the Results box, and then click Replace.

To use the Translate feature, follow these steps:
  1. On the Tools menu, point to Language, and then click Translate. The Translate task pane opens.
  2. Under Translate what? in the Translate task pane, use one of the following methods:
    • To translate a specific word or short phrase, click Text, and then type the word or phrase in the Text box.

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    • To translate text that is selected in your document, click Current selection. If no text is selected, you can select it now.
  3. In the Dictionary box, select the languages that you want to translate from and to. For example, if you want to translate English to French, click English (U.S.) to French (France).

    The languages that appear in the Dictionary box depend on the language dictionaries that are installed on your computer.For additional information about how to check the spelling and grammar of text in another language, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    309358 HOW TO: Check Spelling and Grammar in Another Language
  4. Click Go. The results appear in the Results box.
  5. Select the word in your document that you want to translate, select the translated word in the Results box, and then click Replace.

Translate Text on the Web

If the Translate feature does not provide the results that you want, or if you need to translate a longer piece of text, do one of the following:
  • You can connect to translation services on the Web directly from the Translate task pane. Under Translate via the Web, select the translation service that you want, or select (More translation services), and then click Go.

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  • Browse to the following Microsoft Web site to install translation updates for Word 2002:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=97AD9B81-AF52-4E26-9A9C-C9BABB4A2AFD
IMPORTANT: Translation services typically use computers to translate your document automatically. You can often use these services to quickly determine the main ideas in a document. However, for important or sensitive documents, you may want to have a person translate your document, because computer translation may not preserve the text's full meaning, level of detail, or tone.

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Article ID: 285184 - Last Review: December 19, 2006 - Revision: 1.7
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  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
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