Cannot open any file for translation
Thread poster: Hexxa

Local time: 08:21
English to French
Nov 15, 2017


I cannot open any file for translation. I follow these steps:
I browse to choose a .doc, .ppt, .pptx or .docx file in my directory.
I then get to choose to open for translation only.

The "Translation memory and document parameters" window then opens and the software proceeds to ask me the source and target languages, I choose both and when I click on the "ok" button nothing happens. I cannot get past this step.

Can anyone help me?

Thank you in advance.


United States
Local time: 02:21
Member (2017)
English to Spanish
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Try to create a Translation Project, instead Nov 15, 2017

In SDL Trados Studio (2014, 2015, 2017) you'd rather create a new project. You start with giving the project a name and a location (folder), then you will select the languages, and only then you will add the file(s) to be translated. Next step you add one or more translation memories and one or more termbases. Finally, Studio will prepare you document(s) to be translated, that is, the translation project becomes one single .sdlxliff file, which you, the translator, process in the editor. What version of Studio are you using?


Local time: 08:21
English to French
I would still like the drag and drop feature to work somehow Nov 17, 2017

Thank you for your answer. Your method works indeed.
I am using the 2017 version. I understand the steps to open a file within the process of creating a new project. However, as I am not proficient with the software yet, I use the free sample files (i.e. photo printer setup guide) for testing.
What I am referring to is the drag and drop/browse menu on the welcome page which allows skipping the project creation wizard and going straight to the editor. I am aware that I won't be using it that much; it's just that it used to work and suddenly doesn't.


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