How to Translate Google Slides

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While PowerPoint provides a built-in option to translate slides, Google Slides does not currently have a native feature that offers instant translations for text. However, you can translate Google Slides using third-party tools. This is much easier than copying text from Google Translate after translating parts of the text to be copied to and from Google Slides.

How to Translate a Google Slide

Whether you’re using Google Slides Templates or making a slide deck from scratch, in order to translate a slide in Google Slides you will have to install a third-party extension. To do this, go to Extensions > Add-ons > Get Add-ons to install a translation extension.

Getting new addons for Google Slides
Getting new addons for Google Slides

There are a number of extensions for Google slides that can help you translate text. For the purpose of this post, we will be using the Translate My Slide add-on.

Finding translate addons for Google Slides in Google Workspace Marketplace
Finding translate addons for Google Slides in Google Workspace Marketplace

If you have installed an add-on for a Google Workspace app such as Google Slides, you would know that it requires clicking Install from the product page via the Google Workspace Marketplace, after which you need to grant it permissions for your Google account.

Translate My Slide addon for Google Slides
Translate My Slide addon for Google Slides

Once the add-on is installed, go to Extensions > Add-ons > Translate My Slide. This will launch the translation add-on in the right sidebar.

Start new translation in Google Slides
Start new translation in Google Slides

Select the text to translate, followed by the language to translate the text from. You can let the app automatically detect the original language or specify it from the drop-down menu. In this example, we will be translating a block of text from English to Spanish. Inversely, you can also use Google Translate Spanish to English feature to translate the slides with the help of Translate My Slide add-on.

Using Translate My Slides addon in Google Slides - Translate Google Slides from Spanish to English Example
Translate Google Slides from English to Spanish and Spanish to English Example

The below example shows text to translate from English to Spanish.

Final translated text in Google Slides
Final translated text in Google Slides

Translate My Slide is one of many add-ons available from the Google Workspace Marketplace that provide instant functionality for translating google slides. However, many of these apps come with limited functionality for the free version and require a paid subscription for unlimited translation capability. Translate My Slide’s free version supports translation for 100 pages every 24 rolling hours.

Still, it is advisable to do a manual checkup of the translated text, as odd-sounding language may seem apparent to native speakers.


Does Google Slides have a built-in translation feature?

No, Google Slides has no native built-in feature for translating slides. However, you can use third-party add-ons to translate text within Google Slides.

What should I be aware of when using translation add-ons for Google Slides?

When using translation add-ons, keep in mind:
– Some translations may not be perfect and could sound odd to native speakers.
– Always review and manually adjust the translated text to ensure accuracy.
– Be aware of any limitations or restrictions of the add-on you are using.

Can I use Google Translate directly to translate text for Google Slides?

Yes, you can use Google Translate directly:
– Copy the text from your Google Slides presentation.
– Paste it into Google Translate.
– Translate the text to your desired language.
– Copy the translated text and paste it back into your Google Slides presentation.

Can I translate Google Slides into multiple languages?

Yes, you can translate Google Slides into multiple languages by selecting the text and choosing different target languages using the translation add-on. Repeat the process for each language as needed.

How do I ensure the translated text maintains the formatting of the original slide?

To maintain the formatting:
– Select the translated text and apply the same font, size, and style as the original text.
– After pasting the translated text, ensure that text boxes and other elements are properly aligned.
– Review each slide to make sure the layout remains consistent.

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