How to Translate a PDF File to English

By Marlon Trotsky

If you've ever come across a PDF in a foreign language that you absolutely needed translated, you may be surprised to learn that there are a number of online sites that can do just that. The most popular and, perhaps unsurprisingly, effective one out there is Google Translator, although there are a number of others, like Zoho. Translator lets you translate other document formats as well, including .ppt, .doc. and .xls. Moreover, it's free.

Step 1

Log in to your Google account and bring up your Google Docs. If you don't have a Google account you can sign up for one in a matter of minutes.

Step 2

Upload the PDF in Google Docs from the folder to which you originally saved it. Once the PDF has finishing loading, click on "Share" and choose to share it as a web page. Now the PDF has a URL that you can copy before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3

Head over to Google Translate and paste the URL into the box and click "Translate." Google will now translate the "page" on which your PDF is displayed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Google Translator is not intended for long documents; in most cases it will only translate the first nine pages of any document.