How to easily translate text on tooltip via Google Translator

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August 22, 2011

Google Translator is a very powerful translation tool and people who need to deal with multiple languages use it very often. Google Translator can help you with a whole page or just words and sentences as well. Even if you can speak and write a foreign language, you may sometimes come across words or phrases that might be difficult to understand. Wouldn’t it be handy if you could get to translate any piece of text on a webpage on the fly without moving over to Google Translator? A Greasemonkey script namely Google Translator Tooltip can be of help. Google Translator Tooltip is a tool that brings the power of Google Translator right on your tooltip.

Install Greasemonkey addon on your computer if you already don’t have it. Now go to Google Translator Tooltip page on userscripts and install the script by clicking the install button. The Google Translator tooltip is now ready to work. Open any new webpage and select some text that you’d like to translate. After selecting, you will see a small magnifying glass icon underneath it. Clicking on the icon will bring up a plus(+) icon and two arrow icons >>. Click on the arrow icons and you will get the settings for the languages you want translate to and from. You can use the “Detect Language” option in the “from” dropdown and only choose the language you want to get a text translated to. You can also select Alt Click or Ctrl Click option instead of a single mouse click.

If you just select a single word, this tool will also show you if the word is a noun, adverb, adjective, pronoun etc. Besides that you also get options to search for the word or phrase in Google, Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary, Youtube, IMDB, Google Images, The Free Dictinoary etc.

Google Translator Tooltip can be very handy for translating words or even phrases on Tooltip with Google Translator’s translation engine.

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