3 options for translating Excel documents

We often run into complications when translating documents, even more so in the case of Excel files. Here, we will look at our options for translating this type of file.

Automatic translation of Microsoft Excel

One of the fastest and easiest options is the program's own translation function.To translate content, just follow these steps:

1. Select the text you wish to translate.
2. On the "Review" tab, click "Translate".

The following dialog box will pop up automatically, with a language selector where you will choose the target language. Once selected, you'll see the text instantly translated.

If you want to copy the translation straight into the corresponding Excel cell, you can do so by clicking "Insert".

Excel translator

This type of machine translation solution my be useful for giving us a basic idea of the text content, however, it's important to bear in mind that it does not preserve the full meaning and, much less, the tone of the text.

Online translation tools

There is a vast array of online tools offering Excel document translation. These free tools generate an automatic translation of the document. Here are some examples:


This tool allows us to translate Excel document content, in addition to other document types, such as: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx, .odt, .ods, .odp, .pdf, .srt, or .txt.

− Machine translation.
− Up to 104 languages.
− Respects the formatting of the original document.
− No size limit for document translation.


Very similar to the previous option. In this tool there are less languages available, but it is more compatible than a large number of formats: .docx, .xml, .rtf, .odt, .ods, .odp, .html, .pptx, .xls, .txt, LaTeX (UTF-8) or LaTeX (ASCII).

− Machine translation.
− Up to 15 languages.
− Respects the formatting of the original document.
− No size limit for document translation.


This solution is the most limiting both in the number of languages available for translation and the translation limit.

− Machine translation.
− Up to 15 languages.
− Does not preserve the formatting of the original document.
− 500 word translation limit.

Professional translation tool

If you want a quality translation of Excel documents, the smartest option is to go for professional translation solutions, using tools that have no type of translation limit and respect the formatting of the original document.

Our recommendation is AT Translation Services, our simple and intuitive document translation solution. How does it work? All you have to do is upload the document and select the source and target language and our team of professionals will assign it to the corresponding translator based on the document speciality and the language, and in the briefest time possible your document will be translated. What sets us apart?

  • Professional translation.
  • Up to 64 languages.
  • We respect the formatting of the original document.
  • No size limit for the document to be translated.
  • Translation of any document.

ATTS supported formats

At AT Language Solutions we work with the best specialised translators to ensure we deliver the maximum quality in all our translations. We hold the International Standard ISO 17100:2015, awarded only to the best translation services.

And what about you? What translation solution do you choose?