Learn how to use the Google Translate extension in Chrome
If you are having trouble knowing what a text says because it is in another language, or if you like to learn other languages while reading in your browser, learn here how to use the Google Translate extension in Chrome to make your life easier.
Read on and find out exactly what it is and how it works to start using it right now!
1. What is Google Translate?
It is hard not to know him today, but if you don't know him, we will explain a little about what he is.
It is a translation service by neural networks developed by Google with the aim of translating texts, websites and even speech from one language to another. It has versions for computer browsers, Android for iPhone and even an extension for Google Chrome.
It supports 109 languages at various levels of functionality and has over 500 million users and over 100 billion words translated every day.
With few exceptions, all translations are done first into English and then into the target language. After 2016, the quality of translations increased a lot when they stopped translating word by word and started to translate entire sentences.
Currently, it is possibly the most reliable translation program, based on documents available online to improve accuracy. The more translations between two languages, the better the accuracy of future translations.
2. How to use the Google Translate extension in Chrome?
As said, it offers versions for your smartphone, which can be downloaded through the Play Store or the App Store and a version of browsers, through the link.
All offer very similar options and features, and are really excellent. But, as the focus here is to explain how to use the Google Translate extension in Chrome, this is what we will better address.
The first step in the process is to install it on your browser, which can be done on Chrome Web Store by clicking on that link. To install it, just click on the “Use in Chrome“ and then on “Add extension”.
With that, an icon will now appear next to the URL bar.
How to use it?
Using it is something that is really simple: click on its icon up there, type the term or phrase you want to be translated and you will get the result. After typing, click Translate. On this screen, you can also change the language in which you wrote.
In the same window, you can decide to translate an entire page, being able to switch between the two languages easily with the top bar. Or by hovering the mouse pointer over the section you want to see in the source language, in addition to being able to change the language in which you want to view the page.
Still on how to use the Google Translate extension in Chrome, you can change the options and settings offered by clicking on the icon and on “Extension options ”. On this screen, you can change the language you want it to be translated by default, in addition to selecting which of the following modes you prefer:
- Show an icon that I can click to open the pop-up: with this, whenever you select a text a Google Translate icon will appear allowing you to choose to translate or not. Clicking on it will open a pop-up with the translation;
- Show the pop-up immediately: This mode can be somewhat inconvenient, since whenever you select a text the pop-up with the translation will open automatically;
- Don't show any icons or pop-ups: with this, nothing will appear near where you selected it, neither a pop-up nor an icon. You can still translate what you have selected by clicking on the extension icon.
Features not included
There are several add-ons to Google Translate that you don't find in your Chrome extension. To use them, you need to go to the translator's website by clicking on Open in Google Translate.
For example, to hear the translated text it is necessary to open the website and click on the audio icon so that it can be reproduced.
When you translate just one word, below the result will be several alternative translations with the frequency of their use and with examples of how they are used.
It is also possible to adjust the translation result by clicking and selecting from the alternatives that most fit. If you want to help improve platform translations, click Improve translation to edit it yourself!
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Leave in the comments if you already knew her and if you already used her, also saying if you prefer another translation service. Don't forget to check the Chrome extensions that you should uninstall immediately and the essential tips for using Google Chrome.