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Google Translation Bar

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Google Translation Bar is a handy add-on for the Chrome Web browser that lets users translate Web pages between a variety of languages. It doesn't have as many features as other translators we've seen, but it's still a quick and easy way to get translations of fairly high quality.

The add-on integrates well with Chrome, appearing as a small icon within the address bar. When the icon is clicked, a banner appears across the top of the Web page offering translation options. Translating couldn't be easier; users simply select the desired output language--there are 53 to choose from--and the page is translated within a few seconds. We especially like that the translated text appears right on the Web page, leaving the page's formatting intact; it's exactly like reading the original page, but in the language of your choice. This extension doesn't have as many features as some other Chrome add-ons that also use the Google Translate service--it doesn't seem able translate sites automatically, for example--and in fact the Options button that is present in most browser add-ons is grayed out in Google Translation Bar. There's not much of anything you can do to customize the user experience, but if you're not looking for too many features, this extension works just fine. As with all automated translators, the translations aren't perfect, but the Google Translate service is probably the best free, browser-integrated option you're going to find.

Google Translation Bar is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this add-on to all users.

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