New Features in Google Docs - Translation and Citation

    Google continues to implement its Google Translate project in various services and products. Not so long ago, in version 4.1, Google Chrome received the built-in translator function, but now the Google Docs web service has acquired a Translator. Users can now translate the document immediately in the editing window. Now 53 languages ​​are available for translation, but, unfortunately, no qualitative changes have been added to the translation, a standard translator is used.

    Translation is carried out through "Tools - Translate document ...". The translated document will open in a new window or in a new tab. The quality of the translation, of course, leaves much to be desired, but the general meaning of the document in “Garabar” languages ​​can be fully understood, despite the translation mechanism, which, for example, when translating from Russian to Swahili, will be translated into English and then into Swahili.

    Translation is also supported in the cloud when editing a document by several users online. If one of the users translates the document, the other editors will receive a notification by which they can also translate the document if they want.


    The second innovation was the introduction of “smart” quotes. When using the character 'Google Docs will automatically translate the character into a “smart” quotation mark ' , which indicates the direction. You can’t disable this feature yet, although the developers promise it , but you can cancel the switch by pressing ctrl + z (cmd + z on Mac OS) .

    Users can express their opinions in the Google Docs thread .

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