Google Chrome offers translation of web pages as a built-in feature to help users to translate content. Though this is the most useful feature, it will be embarrassing if you don’t have an idea of how to customize translation settings in Chrome. In this article we will explain how to setup translation in Google Chrome so that you can set your default language and switch on or off automatic translation.
Automatic Translation in Chrome
When you visit any website written in another language as specified in your settings (Generally English), a pop up bar will automatically appear. It will be titles as “Translate this page?” and asks whether you would like to translate or not. The translation popup will appear from the Google translate icon at the right end of address bar as shown in the below picture.
Click on the “Translate” button to convert the webpage instantly into English. Now the popup will show as “Translated” with the option to revert back the translation to show the webpage in original language.
The “Options” button appears on the popup before and after translation. It allows you to do the followings:
- Always translate the language of the webpage to browser’s language.
- Never translate the language of the webpage to browser’s language.
- Never translate the specific site.
- Change languages – use this option to change the translation language instantly on the screen. You can always check the box “Always Translate” to enable auto translation for the set page and translation languages.
Translating Sites You Have Opted for Never Translate
When you choose “Never Translate This Site” option, Chrome will stop offering the translation popup. If you have wrongly selected this option, there are no site specific options available for you to enable the translation again. However, you can still right click on the webpage and choose “Translate to English” or translate to your browser’s language.
You can also click on the Google translate icon on the address bar if that is visible.
Automatic Translation and Chrome Language
As mentioned, the translation language is the default language of your Chrome browser. You can change the browser’s language to any language of your choice so that the translation will be done in your favorite language. To setup translation language, follow the steps as explained below.
Open Google Chrome and go to the command URL “chrome://settings” in address bar. Scroll down and click on the “Advanced” button.
Again scroll down and click on the “Language” option under “Languages” section. Here you can see the default language of Chrome.
By default, if you have not changed the settings, English will be the default language in Chrome. You can see the option “Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language you read” is also enabled by default. This option result in throwing the translation popup when you open webpages other than English.
You can simply turn this option off to disable the automatic translation in Google Chrome.
Auto Translation for Specific Language
The above way of turning off the “Offer to translate pages that aren’t in a language you read” will completely switch off the translation. In most cases, you have a native language for which you don’t need translation. However, you may still need auto translation for all other foreign languages. In this case, follow these instructions to toggle the translation on or off for specific language.
Click on “Add languages” link and add your favorite language to Chrome.
After adding a language, click on the three dots button against the language to view more options.
Check the box “Offer to translate pages in this languages” to offer automatic translation for that specific language. This is not required when you have this option enabled for all the languages. Ensure you have disabled this option for specific language, so that Chrome will not offer translation. This is useful when you read webpages in your mother tongue which not English.
You can and as many as languages and customize the option for each language separately.
Mac Vs. Windows 10
One of the major reason we love Chrome is due to the robust platform independent design of the browser. Unfortunately, the languages section works differently in Windows 10 and macOS. The above screenshots are from Mac which does not support changing the browser language. Below is how it looks on Windows where you have an additional option to make any specific language as the default Chrome language. You need to add languages in Mac to customize the translation settings, while on Windows 10 you can simply change the browser language itself.
Google Chrome Translate Extension
If you don’t like the automatic Chrome translation feature then simply switch on for all sites as explained above. You can instead use extensions to do the translation function. Download and install Google Chrome Translate Extension from Chrome Web Store.
After the completion of installation, you will find the extension at the right corner of your screen. Just press the icon and translate web pages, sentence or phrases from any language just by a click of a button.
One important feature of Google Chrome is translation and you need not to understand how it works to translate the web pages on your own. If you find it difficult to set up translation facility in Google Chrome, we believe following the above-mentioned techniques will give best support.