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Translate documents or write in a different language

You can translate documents into many languages with Google Docs.

Translate a document

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. In the top menu, click Tools and then Translate document.
  3. Enter a name for the translated document and select a language.
  4. Click Translate.
  5. 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

  1. 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 and then Language and then the language you need.
    • In Google Sheets, go to the top menu and click File and then Spreadsheet settings, then pick the locale of the language you need.
  2. 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 arrowDown 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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