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Tech Tips for Writers #173: Easily Translate a Webpage

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future tip.

Over the years, I get more and more views on this blog from nations that don’t speak English. I always drop in to visit those who visit me, and no surprise, their blogs are in their native language (as mine is in mine). Sometimes they have the Translate feature, but not always. That stymied me for a long time. I had to copy the text into another webpage to translate it.

Then I discovered this.

To translate a webpage:

Right click on the page

Select ‘Translate’

A box pops up and you select your language.

Here’s a before and after:

Ever since I found that, I’ve gotten even more international visitors. I’m thrilled with that. It works with comments, too. (Note: This is in Chrome. It may not work the same in Firefox or Edge).

What’s your favorite way to translate to another language?

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.


85 thoughts on “Tech Tips for Writers #173: Easily Translate a Webpage

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  5. Pease do take into account that that will always be “just” a machine generated translation. It is usefull on a personal basis to translate a website “on the fly”. But if you want to have your website translated properly to attract customers, you’d better bet on a good human translation service!

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    • Thank you for pointing that out, Juan. You are absolutely right. The Google machine misses the nuances. I experienced that first hand when I read Russian classics (like Solzhenitsyn) in Russia and then translated to English. They lost some/a lot of their power.


    • Yes! At least for users it is. I did ask a blogger who writes in Spanish to add it to her sidebar, but she couldn’t figure out how. That might have been the seed for discovering this approach. I hated having her visit me and I couldn’t return the favor.

      Anyone know about Blogger? Do they have that add-on feature?

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  6. Thanks Jacqui, I’ve always been a hands on kind of guy; on the job training was and is still my motto! I jump in and get wet, dirty, and crazy or whatever, but, I get going and do it! Maybe that’s why I’m a Jack of All Trades and a Master of a Few. Or maybe I’m just a guy that won’t wait for someone to ask me or allow me to get a handle on this or that so I figure it out for myself, even did that with chemistry in grade school becoming an advanced placement student in it through high school; my concept works but would probably be a bad idea in medicine; can’t be making mistakes with lives, right! What do you call a person like me; besides kooky that is? Is this all in alignment with the adage, “when the going is tough the tough get going?” I wonder.


    • I tested it on Firefox and Edge. Edge has it also, but not Firefox. That’s disappointing. I know there’s an add-on but it doesn’t always work. And we-all can add the ‘translate’ feature to the sidebar but people don’t always do that. Sigh.


    • I don’t happily go beyond 3 steps to complete anything. I have one reader who always comments in Spanish. I would copy his comment, open a new webpage, search ‘Translate’, paste his comment in, and then go back to his comment and respond. That’s at least three steps, but I appreciated that he visited me. Now, I just right-click!

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  8. No, it doesn’t work that way in Firefox. To translate a webpage in Firefox you use Google Translate – it will actually translate the webpage without you needing to copy and past anything!

    You copy the URL and pop it into Google Translate. Then the second box, which normally shows the english translation, will show a live link. You click that and it takes you to the webpage you want to read, but after a few seconds, the webpage appears in English and you get a google translate bar across the top. Easy peasy!

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