Changing the Translation Service / Adding a New Service


A Lesson by The Professor

Changing the Translation Service / Adding a New Service

Hello Students,

Our lesson today is about using the translation services available in Office. I actually have TWO lessons for you today, as you will learn how to CHANGE the translation service being used as well as ADD a new service provider if you so desire. My, we have a full schedule, so let’s begin!

Some people can speak multiple languages and they’ve found that they prefer certain translation services over others for particular languages while reading documents. With Office 2010 – you can customize the Office applications to use your preferred services! This feature is available in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Visio and Publisher.

Lesson 1: Change the translation service being used:

It’s quite easy to do this by changing the Translation options in the Research pane. So, let us proceed and do just that!

To open the ‘Translation Options Dialog’, follow the steps shown in the picture below.

1. Click on the Review tab.

2. Click on Research (the Research pane will appear).

3. On the Research pane – where indicated, select Translation.

4. Click on the hyperlink: Translation Options…


You will see that clicking on the “Translation options…” hyperlink will bring up the Translation Options dialog. As you can see there are quite a few options here:





If you only want to use Bilingual dictionary and do not want to avail the services of machine translation, you can uncheck “Use online machine translation” checkbox.


It is in this dialog that you can select your preferred providers for machine translation.
Just click on the arrow for the translation services of the desired language pair and choose your preferred provider.


Now, my astute students, you may notice that perhaps – the translation service provider you prefer is not listed here. Well this is where we get into the second portion of our lesson!

Lesson 2: Adding a New Service:

If you have a specific translation service (or other service) that you would like to utilize in your Office applications – you can simply tell Office the necessary information to link to that service. To do this:

1. If it’s not already showing – use the steps from the first lesson above to show the Research Pane.

2. Click on the “Research options…” hyperlink at the bottom of the pane.


This will open another dialog for you - the Research Options dialog. This dialog gives you a lot of flexibility with the services. You may choose your favorite service or check the properties of services. You can update, add, or remove some services. It even allows you to set parental control on some service providers. Isn’t that great?


You've probably already figured out, but if you haven’t, let me tell you how to add a new service.

3. Click on the “Add Services…” button in the Research Options dialog:


This will bring up the “Add Services” dialog.

4. Enter the URL of the service provider. Don’t forget to press the “Add” button after you’ve entered the URL.


You may now get a couple of other dialogs confirming the addition of the new service.


Now – you simply need to CHANGE the service as appropriate so that you can use your newly added service! You learned this in the first lesson above – see if you can do it without referring to the notes!

Ok – that’s our lesson – or should I say ‘lessons’ for the day! I hope you feel more comfortable in adding and changing translation services to your preferences.


If you’re not familiar with the new Mini Translator feature in Office 2010 – I would like to refer you to our lesson from a while back: Using the New Mini Translator in Office 2010.

If you have questions, I’m always available – just leave a note below and I will respond as soon as I can!

Happy Translating!

The Professor

I must tell you that Shemyla Anwar was invaluable in her assistance with this article!  Shemyla works with the Office Global Experience Platform team at Microsoft as a Software Development Engineer in Test.  Shemyla is originally from India but she and her team work in Redmond, Washington, USA.  Shemyla and her team specifically focus on making sure the Office applications are ‘world-ready’ for our dedicated students like you!  Assisting Shemyla with this article was Grace Sturman.


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Comments (7)
  1. Anonymous says:

    When the option is disabled, it probably means Office can't get out to the internet.  There could be many reasons for this.  If you're in a corporate environment, contacting an IT professional is probably your best option.  If you're in a home environment, you'll want to look into your firewall and proxy settings.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello Siena,

    The Office Translation Service relies on the Office Research Services framework. Research Service is a fully documented
    SDK and you can find more information on MSDN. Any service that complies to the Research Services definition can be added to the Translation Service.

    The Professor

  3. Siena Sturman says:

    Does this work with Google Translate?

  4. LLR says:

    I have Office 2010 installed on Windows XP and the “Use online machine translation” checkbox is greyed out.  How do I get this option to be a choice?

  5. Roger edwards says:

    Accident uninstall bing translator on Facebook how do reinstall

  6. remotely says:

    Hi thanks for the perfect guide, btw do you have an idea on how to add a service to multiple computers remotely and btw I have sccm12


  7. Khan says:

    I want to add services to multiple users on my network. instead of going to each user and adding the service, is there a way around?

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