How to translate PDF in all ways

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We will explain how to translate a PDF document. This format is still widely used around the world for sharing scanned documents. Imagine they've sent you a PDF document in a language you don't understand and you just want to know what it says.

Well, we will explain step by step how to translate PDF, both on your computer and on your mobile. We will focus on popular applications, such as Google Translate or Microsoft Office. We will also show you a third option in the form of a web page that you can use on mobile and PC.

How to translate a PDF with Google Translate

Let's start with Google Translate. It is a well-known and widely used tool, and since it has both browser-based desktop and mobile versions, it may be the only one you need to do this. Let's start by explaining the steps to follow on the desktop, then we'll tell you how to translate PDF files with your mobile app.

Translate PDF to Spanish with Google Translate on PC

To translate PDF document the first thing you need to do is access the Google Translate website. Once inside, click on the Documents option you have at the top left of the screen. With this, you will stop translating texts and switch to the exclusive mode in which to translate documents.

Once you enter the section to translate documents, you have to choose the languages ​​you want to use. The most important is the one on the right, which is the language into which you will translate the text. On the left side you have to enter the language the PDF is in, although you always have the option to leave the Detect language option enabled so that Google Translate will automatically identify it. But on the right put the Spanish or language you want to translate it to.

Once you have chosen the languages, click the Browse Computers button which appears in blue in the center of the screen in the Documents section of Google Translate. This will open an explorer window, in which you will need to find and add the PDF you want to translate. In addition to PDF, this mode also allows you to translate .doc, .docx, .odf, .ppt, .pptx, .ps, .rtf, .txt, .xls or .xlsx documents.

Once you have chosen the PDF file you want to translate in your operating system browser, it will be loaded and uploaded to Google Translate. Once there, all you have to do is do click the Translate button which you will see in blue.

And this is all, the document translation will open in plain text in a new tab of the browser. Now you can read and know what it says, and if you want you can save it as a new PDF document, either with the print option or directly with applications like Word.

Translate a PDF file with Google Translate on a mobile device

In the mobile application you cannot translate documents like in the web version, but you have the possibility to translate everything you have in your clipboard. To activate it, open Google Translate and access to the Settings option which you will see in the options sidebar.

Inside the settings, now access the Tap to translate option, which is where Google Translate will work in the background to translate selected texts from other applications you use.

On the Touch to Translate feature screen, activate the button under the Enable option and the function will continue to work. In Preferred languages ​​you can configure the language in which you want to translate the texts, the recommended Spanish and from which languages ​​it is translated, which you can set Detect language.

Time open the PDF on your mobile and select the part you want to translate (1) holding down your finger and moving the start and end selection buttons. Once selected, click the Copy Text button (2) whose location may vary depending on the application used. In the example we are using the Google PDF Viewer app.

When you press a text with the Tap to translate option enabled, a Google Translate icon will appear at the top right of the screen. Click on this Google translator icon if you want to translate the text that was saved in the clipboard during copying.

And that's it, when you click the Google Translate button, a window will open with the translation of the text you have selected. The downside here is that it's not as comfortable to use as the desktop web version, and the mobile web version of Translate doesn't have the ability to upload PDF files.

How to translate a PDF file with Word

Another free PDF translator application is Microsoft Word. In it, what you need to do is open the PDF file and save it as a Word file. This is easy, as you just need to open the PDF, then go to the File menu to choose the Save option.

When you save the PDF as a Word file, you automatically edit the PDF text as if it were a normal document. Now you need to go to the Review section Word, located in the top options bar of the application.

After entering the Review section, now click on the Language option (1) which will appear above the text. When you do that, a menu of options will appear and in it you have to do click the Translate Document option (2) located inside option Translate.

When you click Translate Document, a box will appear on the right side to configure the PDF translation. In this box, you have to choose the language of the text, in which you want to translate and click Translate. By default, the language of the text will be automatically detected and translated to the one you have configured in Word, so just click Translate.

And that's it, in seconds you will have the text of the PDF file translated in a Word document. Now you just have to save this document or export it as a PDF so that it continues to keep the original format, although it never hurts to check the translation for errors.

Translate PDF online with DocTranslator

And three, we have a website called DocTranslator. When you log in, beware of all the trap links there are, which is one that thrives on being a free website. Entering, click the Online Translator option (1) at the top and, once there, click the Upload File button (2) to choose it on your computer or mobile device, or if you are on a PC, drag the PDF directly into the window.

It may take a few seconds for the PDF file to load, but when it does, an option will appear below (and after several banner ads) to select the language of the document and into which you want to translate it. After configuring the languages, press the Translate button which appears in orange, and the web will translate it using the Google Translate engine.

Once processing is complete, you can click the link to download the translated document. This is the trickiest part, as it will be surrounded by banner ads and an orange button underneath to convert it to Word. The link is called Download your translated document !.

On mobile, the process with this website is exactly the same, that is, you just have to follow the same steps we just explained to you on the website adapted for mobile devices, again taking precautions against advertising traps.

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Further Reading:

  • How to translate with Google Translate
  • Android and iOS translator app
  • 5 solutions for when Google Translate isn't working
  • How to translate a PDF, beginner's guide
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