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How does Wordfast 5 deal with Excel files?
Thread poster: Cecilia Zhou
Cecilia Zhou  Identity Verified
China
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Mar 27, 2009

The instructions in the user manual about the translation of EXCEL files in Wordfast 5.5.3 is not clear. I still cannot understand how to proceed. Does anyone konw the method?

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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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It is simple Mar 27, 2009

just open XLS in Excel, place the cursor into the first cell of the sheet, go to Word, open a new document and start translating.

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Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
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French to English
In addition to Sergei's comment Mar 27, 2009

Sergei's advice is correct, but depending on the complexity of the excel file and your level of experience, you might wish to handle it differently. Have a look here for more methods.

http://www.proz.com/prozwiki/en:Wordfast_how_to


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Terry Richards
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Also... Mar 27, 2009

Wordfast won't translate hidden cells, which can be useful - if you are doing a glossary type spreadsheet just copy the source text column to the target text column, hide the source text, translate and then unhide the source.

It will only translate the current worksheet. If you have multiple sheets you have to do them one at a time starting a new Word document for each.

Terry.


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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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Addition 2 Mar 27, 2009

Make not only sure that there isn't any other Excel file open (see the prozwiki article), but close also any open file in Acrobat and Powerpoint or the programmes straightaway. Then it will work like a miracle

Good luck!


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Cecilia Zhou  Identity Verified
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Thanks for all your replies Mar 28, 2009

Now I'm trying to deal with the job in Excel according to all your suggestion. Thanks very much.

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