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Translator for Windows 10
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About Microsoft Translator for Windows 10

The new Microsoft Translator Windows 10 app is an integrated solution for translation on Windows 10, built on the latest generation AI machine translation technologies to help users increase their productivity for all their translation related tasks.

Getting translations done has never been easier. The redesigned app features Cortana integration, support for Windows Ink and image translation, AI-powered offline translations, and a newly redesigned modern user interface. The new Microsoft Translator app will quickly become a productivity favorite pinned to your taskbar.

What languages are supported by Microsoft Translator?

Click here to view our list of languages supported for both speech and text translation.

How to translate text

How to Translate Text
  • Enter the text you want to translate in the box on the left
  • Verify that the language of your content is correct
  • Auto-Detect: If Auto-Detect is selected, Translator attempts to determine the language automatically. In short texts, there is sometimes not enough information to detect the correct language. In that case please choose the source language manually.
  • Choose the language you want to translate to on the right.
  • The translated text will appear in the box on the right.


Text translation features
  • Listen to the translation: Hear a playback of the translation (Text-To-Speech technology)
  • Learn more: Highlight any word and click “Dictionary” to look up the word’s possible translations. View example sentences in both languages to decide which translation works best given your particular context.
  • Pin translations to view later within your History tab.
  • Save the translations to a text file.
  • Share translations through email, or any other Windows 10 apps such as OneNote, Skype, Twitter, etc.


How to translate speech

How to translate speech
  • Click the Translate tab
  • Select the Voice menu
  • Select the language you are speaking, and the language you want to translate to. For a list of supported speech and text languages, click here.
  • Click the microphone button, or Ctrl+Spacebar, and say something
  • Your words will be transcribed on the left, and the translation on the right.

How to translate images

How to translate images
  • Click the Translate tab
  • Select the Image menu
  • Select the language of the text within the photo, and the language you want to translate to
  • Click Open to upload an image (.gif, .jpg, or .png)
  • The translation will overlay on the original text, and the translated text will appear on the right.

How to translate using Windows Ink

How to translate using Windows Ink
  • First, make sure you have installed the Ink languages you'd like to use. Go to Windows Settings>Time & Language > Region & language, Choose a language, and click Options. Click Download under Handwriting
  • Select the from and to language
  • Use your pen, mouse, or stylus to handwrite something into the input box
  • Your transcribed text will appear in the left box, and the translation on the right.

How to start or join a conversation

How to start a conversation

  • Click the Conversation tab
  • Select "Start Conversation"
  • Enter your name and language
  • Your conversation will appear, with a 5-letter conversation code and a QR code. People can join the conversation by scanning this code, or manually entering the code from their device.
  • The live conversation will appear inline.
  • Click the Conversation tab
  • Join a conversation by entering the conversation code
  • Enter your name and language
  • Your conversation will appear. You can press and hold Ctrl + Spacebar to speak, or type a message.

How to download language packs for offline use

  • Click the Conversation tab
  • Join a conversation by entering the conversation code
  • Enter your name and language
  • Your conversation will appear. You can press and hold Ctrl + Spacebar to speak, or type a message.

How to use the phrasebook

  • Click the Phrasebook tab
  • Choose from one of our phrasebook categories
  • Select the from and to language
  • Choose from the sub-menu, and the phrase will appear in the box on right
  • You can Listen to the translation (Text-To-Speech), highlight a word and click the Dictionary icon to find the meaning of the word in the context of the full sentence, Copy the translation, or add it to your Favorite list by clicking the star icon.

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