Change Chrome languages & translate webpages

You can change your preferred language in Chrome. Chrome can also translate pages for you.

Translate webpages in Chrome

When you come across a page written in a language you don't understand, you can use Chrome to translate the page.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Go to a webpage written in another language.
  3. On the right of the address bar, click Translate .
  4. Click on your preferred language.
  5. Chrome will translate your current webpage.

Not working? Try refreshing the webpage. If it’s still not working, right-click anywhere on the page. Then, click Translate to [Language].

Translate selected text

You can translate a section of a page to help you understand the details easier.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. Go to a webpage written in another language.
  3. Highlight a section of text.
  4. Right click the highlighted text.
  5. Click Translate selection to [Language].
Tip: If you want to change the language to translate into, click More Organize and then Choose another language and then Down arrow Down arrow.

Change your default page translation settings

By default, Chrome offers to translate pages written in a language you don't understand.

Important: To turn translation suggestions on or off, learn how to manage languages on your Chromebook.

Turn translation on or off

You can control whether Chrome will offer to translate webpages.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. On the left, click Languages.
  4. Under “Google Translate,” turn Use Google Translate on or off.

Change your default language

You can select the language Chrome translates the page into.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. On the left, click Languages.
  4. Under “Google Translate,” click Translate into this language.
  5. Select the language that you want from the language list.

Add all the languages that you know

If the page is in more than one language, it shows your preferred language first.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. On the left, click Languages.
  4. Under “Preferred languages,” click Add languages.
  5. Select the languages that you want to add.
  6. Click Add.
  7. If you want to:
    • Reorder languages: Beside the language you want to move, click More Moreand then Move down.
    • Remove a language: Beside the language you want to remove, click More Moreand then Remove.

Manage list of always translated languages

You can control which language Chrome automatically translates.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. On the left, click Languages.
  4. Under “Google Translate,” click Automatically translate these languages.
  5. Click Add languages.
  6. Select the languages that you want to add.
  7. Click Add.
  8. To remove a language, next to the language you want to remove, click Remove .

Manage list of never translated languages

If the page is in more than one language, it shows your preferred language first.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. On the left, click Languages.
  4. Under “Google Translate,” click Don’t offer to translate these languages.
  5. Click Add languages.
  6. Select the languages that you want to add.
  7. Click Add.
  8. To remove a language, next to the language you want to remove, click Remove .

Change the language of your Chrome browser

On Windows, you can set Chrome to show all settings and menus in the language you want. This option is only available on Windows computers.

Important: To add or remove web content languages on your Chromebook, learn how to manage languages.

On Mac or Linux? Chrome will automatically display in the default system language for your computer.

  1. On your Windows computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. On the left, click Languages.
  4. Under "Preferred languages," next to the language you'd like to use, click More More.
    • If the language isn't listed, add it by clicking Add languages.
  5. Click Display Google Chrome in this language.
    • This option is only available on Windows computers.
  6. Restart Chrome to apply the changes.

Write in an unsupported language

If you need to write using a language that your computer doesn't support, use the Google Input Tools Chrome extension.

If you're using Windows, you might need to configure your Windows language settings to add East Asian languages or other languages that use complex scripts.

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