How to Quickly Translate a Piece of Text in Google Chrome

We all know about Google Translate service very well. You can go to translate.google.com to translate a sentence or a single word, you can use the application for Chrome, etc.

But the thing is you have to do too many movements to translate: mark the text, right-click, copy, go to another tab, paste. It is very annoying especially when you need to know the translation of a single word on the website.

So how to speed up the process to make it quick and pleasant? Here are our tips on how to quickly translate a single word or a piece of text in Chrome.

1. Add the Extension to Chrome browser

  1. Launch your Google Chrome.
  2. Go to the extension web page https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-translate/aapbdbdomjkkjkaonfhkkikfgjllcleb?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher-info-dialog
  3. Click ADD TO CHROME.
  4. Click Add extensionadd extension

2. Configure Google Translate extension

google translate extension options

Right-click the extension icon in the toolbar, go to Options:
Specify your primary language and whether you prefer to see pop-up or not.

configure google translate extension for google chrome

Be advised that if your primary language is the same as on the website you won’t see neither a popup icon nor translation.

a) If the default setting (Display icon that I can click to show pop-up) is selected, you will have a pop-up icon. Click it and you will have a translation.

click pop-up icon for translation

b) Immediately display popup: a word or a phrase will be translated immediately after selection. No clicks needed at all! Just select a word or a piece of text.

translation in the browser
click to translate

c) Don’t display icon or popup: click the extension icon in the toolbar to view the translation: 

My choice is instant translation on selection: Immediately display popup.

3. How to quickly translate text in Chrome Browser

Use your mouse to select a piece of text on the website. You can also double click a word to select a single word. What happens after should be configured in Options of Google Translate extension (described in the previous section).

translation in the browser

That’s it!

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