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Excel and Wordfast: how to make them work
Thread poster: Umutay Midinova

Umutay Midinova
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Mar 18, 2007

Really is it possible to work in Excel with Wordfast, or the people do just work of transferring sheets into Word and back?
I followed the instructions about Excel and Wordfast here on the forum: like to open a blank document in Word and launch TM. But when back in Excel I don't see any signs of Wordfast presence. Is it just a fiction?
Does it connected with 5.5 version I am using currently? Need I upgrade it? Please dissipate my doubts.

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Roman Bulkiewicz  Identity Verified
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transferring sheets into Word and back Mar 18, 2007

Umutay Midinova wrote:

like to open a blank document in Word and launch TM.

I work this way with PowerPoint - more or less successfully, and not very convenient, but in any case better than directly working in PP without WF.

Don't really remember ever trying this with Excel. I find it quite easy and convenient to paste a table in Word, so that I can have the whole text in front of me and do whatever I want, like meddling with segments etc.

Doing this right now, actually...

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Cristián Bianchi-Bruna  Identity Verified
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It is Mar 18, 2007

I have often worked with Wordfast on Excel documents. The only thing you will see in the ACTIVE spreadsheet is a dashed outline around the cell being processed at the time. To make my life easier, when the document contains multiple worksheets, I break it down in several documents containing one worksheet each. It is easier to process.

Please bear in mind that Excel has limitations regarding fonts, etc., so you will have to go back to Excel and recreate the formatting once the translation is done.

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Nicholas Ferreira  Identity Verified
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Wordfast 5.5 and Excel work fine for me Mar 18, 2007


I have translated a number of Excel spreadsheets using Wordfast 5.5 free version, and have never had a problem.

Just to review the steps: you should open the Excel spreadsheet, select the cell where the translation should start, open Word, then click on the f to start a Wordfast session.

Like Cristián says, I normally use separate files/Wordfast sessions for each tab.

Hopefully this solves your difficulty.

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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I always copy to Word Mar 19, 2007

Even if Wf works with excel, according to colleagues, you cannot make changes once the segment is closed, but have to go to Excel and apply changes there. And I like to use the functionality of Word (spellchecking etc.) and outsource editing most of the time. So I open Excel once at the start and once before I deliver the translation.
Another inconvenience is, that mostly excel files contain columns for many languages, but you cannot make any CAT-tool take the source segment from column A and put the target segment into column M for instance.


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Umutay Midinova
Local time: 16:16
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Thank you but Mar 19, 2007

Thank you Roman, Cristian, Nicholas and Heinhich

but it seems that I am restricted to use this toold only in Word,
still no signs of presence of WF in Excel, no dached outline or something like this.
I give up.

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