The PDF (or Portable Document Format) is a popular format that provides users with a convenient method to share their work with others. Recipients opening the PDF version of a file will only need to have Adobe Reader installed, which is readily available for free download at Adobe.com. This format gives users flexibility and assurance that their document can be viewed as intended without the need for the recipient to have an installation of the file's original application. Think of the PDF as a snapshot of the document.
While most PDFs are sent with the assumption that they will only be read by the recipient, it is possible to make further changes, such as language conversion, to a PDF file with minimal effort.
Things You'll Need
- Microsoft Word 2007
- Adobe Reader
- Internet access
Copy and Paste the PDF File Into Word
Open the PDF file in Adobe Reader. Click on the "Edit" menu, and choose "Select All" (or click the "Ctrl" + "A" keys on your keyboard) to select all of the text in the PDF document.
Click the "Edit" menu again and choose "Copy".
Launch Microsoft Word. At a New Blank Document screen, right-click your mouse, and choose "Paste" from the shortcut menu. This will paste all text from the PDF file into your Word document.
Use Word to Translate the Document from English to Greek
Click on the "Select" button in the Editing group located at the end of the Ribbon on the Home tab and choose "Select All" (or press the "Ctrl" + "A" keys on your keyboard). This will select all text in the Word document.
Go to the Review tab and click on the "Translate" button in the Proofing group. This will bring up the Research task pane to the right of the screen with the Translation window enabled. Choose "English (United States)" from the list menu under "From" and choose "Greek (Greece)" from the list menu under "To".
If Greek is not available, click the "Translation options" link to enable additional languages. Click "OK" to accept changes and return to the Research/Translation pane. You will see a preview of the translated text in the Translation pane.
Use the scroll bar to advance the Translation pane until you see the "Insert"" button. Position the insertion point in your document at the desired location and then click the "Insert" button. The translated text will appear at the insertion point.
Tips & Warnings
- Click on the "Get updates to your services" link shown in the Research task pane (after clicking on the "Translation Options" button) to install additional translation options if Greek is not available.
- To change Microsoft Word language settings that will enable you to create and edit future documents in your language of choice, go to the "Office Button" and click on the "Word Options" button at the bottom of the "Office Button" menu. From the Popular section, select the "Language Settings" button under "Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office".
- Select the desired language in the "Available editing languages" window, and click on the "Add" button to add it to the "Enabled editing languages" window. Change the default primary editing language if desired, and click "OK" to save your changes.
- If you're using a version of Word prior to 2007 without the Ribbon interface, right-click on your selected text, and then choose "Translate" from the shortcut menu to access the Translate features in the Research task pane.
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