Power point 2007 - language settings
Thread poster: Anna Marchesi

Anna Marchesi  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:52
German to Italian
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Oct 11, 2010

Hi everyone,
I'd need a little help in translating a ppt file.
For this translation unfortunately I cannot use a CAT tool, so I am translating directly on a copy of the source file overwriting the translation in the text boxes. The only problem is that the language is set as German and every time I type an apostrophe it is "looks" in the wrong direction. So each time I have to manually select the word with the apostrophe and change the language setting clicking on the status bar.
Is there any way I can change the language for every text box in the whole document once and for all?
Thank you very much,


Tony M
Local time: 10:52
French to English
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Utility Oct 11, 2010

Our colleague Terry Richards has a very useful little macro for globally changing the language of a PPT; may I suggest you contact him, and see if he would be kind enough to send it to you? It would possibly need adjusting for your specific language combinations.

BTW, have you tried extracting the text using Werecat? Even if you are not using a CAT tool, this is a very handy little utility for extracting all the text in a PPT and allowing you to translate it in the much more translator-friendly Word environment (including changing language!) and then put it all back in the right places!

Oops, sorry, I failed to notice that you're referring to PPT 2007; I only use Office XP, so I don't know what works or doesn't in 2007.

[Edited at 2010-10-11 15:52 GMT]


Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:52
Member (2010)
Spanish to English
changing language settings in ppt Oct 11, 2010

On the left side of the screen there are 2 columns: slides and outline.
1. Select outline.
2. Select all (ctrl+A)
3. Change Language (REview tab)



Alex Lago  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:52
Member (2009)
English to Spanish
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No CAT tool why Oct 11, 2010

I was wondering why you said you cant use a cat tool?


Anna Marchesi  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:52
German to Italian
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Thanks Oct 12, 2010

Thank you very much, problem solved!

To Alex: No CAT tool because on the PC I'm using for this translation there is only a demo version of MemoQ which has problems with Office 2007 files. It's not a long presentation anyway so I thought it was easier just to overwrite it.


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