Translate in Excel: An Inclusive Guideline

In this article, we will learn the ins and outs of how to translate in Excel. We will cover how to use the built-in translator, make use of Excel functions for translation, and even apply external tools like Google Translate.

We’ll also explain the practical uses of translators in Excel, helping you to overcome language barriers and make the most of your data.

In today’s globalized world, language barriers can make working with data or collaborating across languages difficult. Thankfully, Microsoft Excel offers simple and helpful translation features to make the process easier.

This guide is designed to assist you in effortlessly translating your Excel files. So, get ready to unlock the power of Excel translation and enhance your communication and analysis across languages.

Overview of Translate in English

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How to Translate in Excel

1. Apply Translator to Translate in Excel

The first method I am going to discuss is the use of the Translate feature in Excel.

  • Go to the Review tab >> select Translate feature.

Activating Excel Translator

  • A field named Translator will open on the right side of the Excel sheet. Now, select the cells that you want to translate. In my case, the range is B5:B13.
  • Select a language from the drop-down of the To section. I have chosen the French language here.
  • Excel translates the words/sentences into your desired language.

Translating words and sentences

  • Now, copy the words, and paste them into range C5:C13 to complete the task.

Translated contents

2. Excel Functions Translator

If you want to translate Excel functions from one language to another, the Excel Functions Translator add-in is a great tool for you.

  • Go to the Insert tab >> select Get Add-ins button.

Getting available add-ins

  • Then, go to the Productivity section >> type Functions Translator in the Search box >> add the Functions Translator add-in.

Add Functions Translator add-in

  • Click on Continue button.

Agreeing terms and conditions

  • The Formula Translator add-in will appear in the Home tab.
  • Select Translator option from Functions Translator group.

Activating Functions Translator

  • A field named Functions Translator will appear on the right side of Excel worksheet.
  • Select the Preferences icon at the right-bottom side.

Selecting preferences

  • Choose the languages you are going to work with >> close the Preferences tab.

Selecting languages

  • Click on Translator tab, insert a formula in the 1st box.
  • Then click on the down arrow.

Translating Functions

We get the translated result in the 2nd box.

This translator works in both ways. If you insert a formula in the 2nd box and click on the upper arrow, we will get a similar kind of translated result in the 1st box.

3. Use Google Translate to Translate Excel File

In case you want to translate an entire Excel file, you can use Google Translate.

  • Go to Google Translate from your browser >> select Documents tab >> click Browse your computer button.

 Uploading file in google translate

  • Then, select your file >> click Open.

Selecting Excel file

  • Once you have uploaded your Excel file, select the language you want the file to be translated into. I am selecting Spanish this time.
  • Then click Translate button.

Translating Excel file

  • Google Translate will give you the translated file. Download that file and will see the file translated.

Translated Excel file

Google Translate translates the entire file. So you will get everything in the file translated.

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Usages of Translator

  • Changing Languages: With a translator in Excel, you can change words from one language to another, helping you understand information written in different languages.
  • Adapting to Different Regions: When working on projects or documents for different places, the translator in Excel can change words into the local language, making it easier for people in that area to understand.
  • Learning and Teaching Languages: The translator in Excel helps with learning languages by giving you translations of sentences or phrases, making it useful for students and teachers to practice and understand different languages.
  • Making Data Consistent: If you get information in many languages from different places, using a translator in Excel helps you make it all the same by translating it into one language. This makes it easier to work with and analyze.
  • Changing Formulas or Functions: The translator in Excel can change formulas or functions written in a different language, so you can understand and use them, even if they were made in a different version of Excel.

Read More: Google Translate Formula in Excel

Things to Remember

  • Keep in mind that Excel’s translator might make mistakes or not always give consistent results.
  • The translator in Excel is mainly meant for personal use and may not produce perfect translations for professional purposes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the internet to access the Excel function translator.
  • If you’re searching for a specific Excel function, you can look it up in the Function Translator’s dictionary.
  • Function Translator only translates functions.


To sum up, this article serves as an inclusive guideline to translate in Excel. You are now capable of overcoming language barriers and making your data more accessible.

By using the built-in Translator, Excel Functions Translator, and external tools like Google Translate, you can communicate effectively across languages and analyze global data effortlessly.

So, start exploring Excel’s translation features with confidence and unlock new possibilities for collaboration and data management.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I translate multiple cells or a range of cells at once?

Ans: Yes, you can translate multiple cells or a range of cells at once. Simply select the desired cells, and Excel will translate the content accordingly.

2. Can I customize or improve the translations provided by Excel?

Ans: Excel’s translation feature doesn’t offer customization or improvement options. If you need more accurate or specialized translations, consider using professional translation services or dedicated translation software.

3. How can I ensure consistency and quality when translating data in Excel?

Ans: To ensure consistency and quality when translating data in Excel, it’s recommended to review and verify translations, uses professional translation services if needed, and establish clear translation guidelines or glossaries.

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Akib Bin Rashid
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AKIB BIN RASHID, a materials and metallurgical engineer, is passionate about delving into Excel and VBA programming. To him, programming is a valuable time-saving tool for managing data, files, and internet-related tasks. Proficient in MS Office, AutoCAD, Excel, and VBA, he goes beyond the fundamentals. Holding a B.Sc in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, MD AKIB has transitioned into a content development role. Specializing in creating technical content centred around Excel and... Read Full Bio

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