I am looking for a Chrome extension that translates the selected text into a selectable language after pressing a shortcut.

It should:

  • be free
  • auto detect the selected text's language
  • ask me which language I want it to translate to, show me it in an easy to read manner
  • activate via a shortcut that is user definable
  • Google translate has an extension that can be configured to translate text as soon as you select it. It does not support keyboard shortcuts though
    – Tymric
    Oct 23, 2014 at 10:49
  • @Timmy could you link to that please, I'll see how it works Oct 23, 2014 at 10:50
  • You can find it here
    – Tymric
    Oct 23, 2014 at 10:54
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    @Timmy I see... It is a good option, and would be useful for future users, so you might want to add this as an answer, but I won't be able to accept it, as I need a short cut Oct 23, 2014 at 10:57

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Google translate has an extension that translates text selection.

  • It is free
  • Auto detects the selected language language
  • Offers the choice of destination language in the extension options
  • Does not support keyboard shortcuts, but it can be configured to automatically pop-out either a window with the translation, or a clickable icon.

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You can find a Google Translate entry in the context menu as indicated in the comment by Steve. This enables the use of an AutoHotKey command to bind a hotkey to it. It would be something like

#t::Send {AppsKey}g
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    You can use the translate extension from the keyboard by pressing the context menu button, (usually next to the right CTRL button), and then using the cursor keys - tested on Win & KDE. Oct 23, 2014 at 23:06
  • @SteveBarnes True, and then maybe bind that sequence into a hotkey using AHK!
    – Tymric
    Oct 23, 2014 at 23:10
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    @Timmy that's a good idea! I will try that soon. +1 for good suggestion. Oct 24, 2014 at 6:32
  • @ṧнʊß I've edited the answer with the corresponding command
    – Tymric
    Oct 24, 2014 at 10:33

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