Translate PDF Files & Word Documents with Google Docs

by Venkat eswarlu on September 11, 2011

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Most of Windows users don’t find Google Docs much useful with Microsoft Office installed in their Computers for creating, editing Word document and Spreadsheets, but do you know Google Docs lets you translate PDF files and lets you save translated copy of PDF to your Computer.

Why Google Docs for PDF documents translation but not Google Translate service?

Google Translate lets you upload word or PDF document for translation, but translated version of PDF file contains only plain text which is not convenient and we manually need to copy and paste the translated text into a Word document.

Translating PDF Documents with Google Docs

1.  Visit Google Docs in your browser and sign-in into it with your Google account username and password.

2. Click “Upload” button and from its drop-down menu click Files and select PDF file you need to translate via Windows Explorer.

3. From popped up Upload Settings Window select Convert text from PDF and image files to Google Documents and clickStart Upload”. 

Translating language for the document by default selected for English which you can change from the drop-down menu to other language.

Google Docs Upload Settings thumb Translate PDF Files & Word Documents with Google Docs

4. Wait for a while for the PDF file to upload, once the upload is finished it appears under “Modified Today “.  On selection, that PDF file will be opened and displayed in Google Docs Editor in another tab .

5. In the Google Docs Editor, from the Tools menu select Translate Document, then a Translate Document window pops up

Translate document thumb Translate PDF Files & Word Documents with Google Docs

6. In this window, type the name of “Document Title” and choose language you want the document to be translated into and click Translate button.

Translate document thumb1 Translate PDF Files & Word Documents with Google Docs

7. After translation, the translated PDF document will be shown in new tab, now from the File menu, select Download as > select PDF option and translated PDF file will be downloaded to your Computer.

Download Translated document from Google Docs thumb1 Translate PDF Files & Word Documents with Google Docs


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex September 16, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Why Google Translator only translate the first half of the document?


Venkat September 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

It has some limitations, it can translate up to 8 pages in a document only.


popat raja kanzaria December 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

dear sir/madam.

i wont translate pdf.

Thanks & regards


Eduardo Kushima February 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

It doesn’t work for asian language…

does anybody have a suggestion plz? tnx.


ozil March 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

I cant open a doc with google doc. Showing. Sorry . Error Occured.. What happend ?


babie984 April 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Does not work with italian PDF documents


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