How to Translate PDF Files

By Amy Dombrower

You can do pretty much anything you need to with a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. You can create and fill out interactive forms, edit content and convert virtually any type of file for others to view. But what about translating into different languages? Yes, you can do that, too. All you need is Google to help you communicate with people around the world by translating PDF files.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet
  • Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Open your PDF. Make any last changes in Adobe Acrobat before translating it. Save the file on your computer.

Step 2

Open your Internet browser and go to Google Translate. Google Translate is a web-based application that allows you to translate any text, webpage or uploaded document to a different language.

Step 3

Click "Upload a Document." Click the "Browse" button to select your PDF file. The file name will appear in the blank field.

Step 4

In the "Translate From" menu, select the language of the PDF file as it is now. For example, choose "English." In the "Translate Into" menu, select the language into which you want to translate the file. Nearly 50 languages are available for translation.

Step 5

Click "Translate." A new window will load your PDF file in a new webpage, now in the translated language.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to save the translated PDF, you will have to save the webpage and convert it to a PDF. You can also copy the text and save it as a Word document.
  • To reverse the translation, click the arrow button next to the "Translate From" and "Translate Into" menus.

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