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How to Force Google Chrome to Translate Web Page [Updated]

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Google Chrome is no doubt the most used web browser nowadays, thanks to Android which is being used by almost 80% of all smartphone users. But Chrome is popular as well on Windows, Mac and Linux. This is only because of its strong protection against eThreats and adoption of new web standard. One reason for which I use Google Chrome is the built-in web page translation feature.

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I need to update my knowledge every now and then and because of this I spend some of my daily time reading such websites which are not in English. I need to get those non-English web pages translated into English and Google Chrome’s built-in translation feature does this all for me. This saves me some precious time by not letting me copy and past the URL into Google online translator. My laptop hard disk died two weeks ago and I have to buy a new one. On using Google Chrome after the installation of Windows 8.1, I noticed that Chrome is no more offering non-English web page translation into English though the option was enabled in Settings. Unfortunately, if Google Chrome does not offer you translation of web page, you cannot force it but yes! there is a little workaround to get the translation done.

My default computer language is US English. If your default computer language is different, you can change word English to your language like Chinese, German, French, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Swedish, Finnish, etc. Google Chrome translation will be offered to your default computer language. In my case, it is English.


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When Google Chrome web page translation feature is working or enabled, you can see this small icon google-chrome-grey-icon-translation in the address bar. I did not have it.

After translation, the small icon will be blue and look like this google-chrome-blue-icon-translation.

[UPDATE] Now translation button in Google Chrome is changed. It will always looks like the one shown in the image below. I have put an arrow pointed to the button. You will see button when your system language is other than what is the website language. The remaining process is same.

google chrome translation button new

[/UPDATE]

When this Chrome translation feature is working properly, you will see these images. First one is asking you if you want the web page to be translated:

google-chrome-translation-01-computelogy-com

If you click on Options in the above window, you will see the window shown below. Here you can see Google Chrome identifies Page language and offer you to get it translated into your language. If Page Language is identified wrongly, you can change it if you know which language is it. You can also change the Translation language. If you want the page should always be translated and you do not want it to do by yourself, you can check the box just before Always translate. Clicking on Language settings will take you to Chrome Settings->Languages.

google-chrome-translation-02-computelogy-com

When Google Chrome has done translation, you can see the message like this:

google-chrome-translation-03-computelogy-com

Unfortunately, I do not know why? but Google Chrome did not offer me any translation. As I said, if it does not show you translation window, you cannot get this window. But there is a little something which you can do. Just do mouse right click on the web page which you want to be translated, a menu will show up. Click on Translate to English. Here you can see some other language name if you set translation language other than English.

google-chrome-translation-menu-computelogy-com

Now, I am sure, you will never waste your time trying to get the translation window if it does not appear by itself.

21 thoughts on “How to Force Google Chrome to Translate Web Page [Updated]”

  1. Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.

    When I look at your blog in Ie, it looks
    fine but when opening in Internet Explorer,
    it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, awesome blog!

    1. Hi, Sorry for late reply. I somehow missed to reply. My bad.

      Almost all websites are designed to work properly on Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. IE is very old technology. MS Edge is fine.

      BR.

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    1. Yes.
      I needed the English version of non-English websites. Others may need non-English version of English websites.

    1. Try holding down Control key and press mouse button or trackpad button. It should open the menu on Google Chrome.

      Please, update me.

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  4. Is there a restriction for secure pages? I’m trying to do this in a page with the lock on the address bar (just like this) and when I right-click anywhere on the page, it says Copywrite XXXXXX 2017@XXX something like that.
    Could I be able to access a translation of it?

    1. It might the right click, and copy features are disabled on that website. There you can do one thing. Copy the URL and paste it in Google Translator. Select the language you wanted as translation and press the button texted Translate. It will translate the website.
      BR.
      UPDATE: If I am missing what you mean, please, explain the steps you did and what you see.

  5. If chrome is not offering translation you can´t force it??

    Navigate the mouse to a text free area on the website>> than right-click>> and than click translate to>> DONE

  6. Thanks for the article. Two questions.
    Where on the web page to right click?
    How to right click on a Microsoft Surface tablet without a keyboard or a mouse?

    1. Hi MT,

      sorry for late reply.
      Right click on anywhere on white space / between the text lines.
      For Microsoft Surface, there is help here on the link below:
      https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4023466/surface-touchpad-use-and-settings

      BR.

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