How To Use Google Translate In Google Sheets

Google Sheets, as a part of Google’s web-based office suite, offers a variety of features to make your data management more manageable. One of the lesser-known but incredibly useful features is its integration with Google Translate. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to use Google Translate in Google Sheets.

What You’ll Need

  • A Google Account
  • Basic knowledge of Google Sheets

Google’s TRANSLATE Function

Google Sheets features a built-in function called =GOOGLETRANSLATE to perform translations between different languages. This function automatically fetches translations from Google Translate and applies them to your specified text.


The GOOGLETRANSLATE function syntax is =GOOGLETRANSLATE(“text”, “source_language”, “target_language”).

The parameters are explained below:

  • text: The text you want to translate.
  • source_language: The code of the language you are translating from. You can find a list of language codes here.
  • target_language: The code of the language you are translating to. Again, refer to the link above for language codes.

Let’s look at an example.

=GOOGLETRANSLATE("Hello, world!", "en", "fr")

This formula will translate the text “Hello, world!” from English (en) to French (fr). The output will be “Bonjour, le monde!”.

Translating a Column of Text

You can also translate a whole column of text. Instead of entering text into the function, you can reference a cell. For instance, if you want to translate cell A1 from English to French, you can use the following formula:

=GOOGLETRANSLATE(A1, "en", "fr")

Now, let’s say you have a list of English phrases in column A, and you want to translate them into French in column B. Click on the first cell in column B and enter the formula. After that, click on the small blue square at the bottom right of the cell and drag it down. This will apply the formula to all cells in column B.

Wrap Up

Google Translate’s integration into Google Sheets is a handy feature for users who frequently work with multilingual data. It’s also a great way to quickly translate lists of words or phrases. Now that you know how to use this tool, you can save time and improve your workflow efficiency.