Large chunks of missing text in the translated file
Thread poster: Olena Mankovska

Olena Mankovska
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:28
Russian to Ukrainian
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Jun 29, 2018

Dear colleagues,

I wonder if anyone has encountered such a problem and/or hopefully knows how to resolve it.

Having translated my document, I saved my translated file just to see that large chunks of the translated text are missing. What is more puzzling is that footnotes and headings are in place but not the main body of the document. Moreover, these missing chunks are not sporadic: it is consistent paragraphs, sections and chapters in the middle of the document, and then back to normal.

I hope this makes sense.

Many thanks in advance.



Clinton Muoto  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:28
Member (2009)
Polish to English
Try this Jul 2, 2018

This sometimes happen with some CAT tools. The chunk of text might have been marked as hidden. After translation and cleaning up, try and search the document for hidden text using "Find and Replace" in Word. Find ->Click Format tab -> Select Font -> Tick Hidden -> OK. When you come across any hidden text, unhide them by selecting them and untick "hidden" in the Font dialogue box.


Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:28
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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Two options Jul 2, 2018

Olena Mankovska wrote:
...large chunks of the translated text are missing.

1. Could it be that it has white text colour on a white background?
2. Make sure your word processor program is set to display drawings and text boxes.


United Kingdom
Local time: 14:28
French to English
Text off the page or out of text box Jul 4, 2018

With Word documents, I find that translated text can be hidden off the page (to right, to left, above, below) or outside text boxes. For example, when more text is needed in the target language than the source, Wordfast keeps page breaks according to the source text, so if it does not fit in it will disappear. Within a text box, extra words or longer words tend to be hidden. One can usually make the text appear by making it smaller, by dragging the edge of the box, by copying and pasting somewhere else in the document. I tend to spend a good deal of time on this at the end of a job, but am not complaining.


United Kingdom
Local time: 14:28
French to English
Also underneath an image Jul 4, 2018

Further to my last point, you can sometimes find hidden text underneath an image. Always keep a copy of your translated/corrected document before trying to fish anything out.


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