Translate documents or write in a different language
You can translate documents into many languages with Google Docs.
Translate a document
- On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
- In the top menu, click Tools Translate document.
- Enter a name for the translated document and select a language.
- Click Translate.
- A translated copy of your document will open in a new window. You can also see this copy in your Google Drive.
Change your typing language
- On your computer, open a document in Google Docs, a presentation in Google Slides, or a sheet in Google Sheets.
- In Google Docs or Google Slides, go to the top menu and click File Language the language you need.
- In Google Sheets, go to the top menu and click File Spreadsheet settings, then pick the locale of the language you need.
- When you choose a non-Latin language, the “Input tools menu” will show in the toolbar. To enter non-Latin characters like Hindi or Chinese, click the Down arrow next to the “Input tools menu." Note: You can also open the “Input tools menu” by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + k (PC) or ⌘ + Option + Shift + k (Mac) on your keyboard.
- Phonetic input: Type the phonetic spelling of a word in Latin characters, then click the best match from the options on the screen.
- Keyboard input: To type letters and symbols, click the keys of a virtual keyboard or type matching keys with your physical keyboard.
- In handwriting input: Draw characters in a panel in the bottom right of your screen, then click the best match from the options on the screen.
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