How to Translate a Web Page

Read that page in English on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge

What to Know

  • In Chrome, click the Translate This Page icon > English or another language.
  • In Edge, click the Show Translation Options icon > Translate.
  • Firefox requires an add-on for translation. We recommend the Translate Web Pages add-on. To use it, click its icon > Translate.

This article explains how to translate web pages to English in Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge browsers, regardless of the original language.

How to Translate a Page in Chrome

If you've found a page you want to view in another language, or stumbled on a page that's not in your preferred language, you can easily translate it so it displays the language you prefer to use.

  1. Open the web page you want to translate in Chrome. 

  2. In the address bar at the top of the screen, click the Translate This Page icon. Chrome automatically displays this icon when it detects the language of the page isn't in English.

    Chrome's Translate feature on a French web page.
  3. In the pop-up menu, click English or your preferred language.

  4. All the text on the page should now appear in the language you selected. 

  5. If you want Chrome to automatically translate this language, click the checkbox for Always translate. To see other options, including choosing a different language (in case Chrome guessed the wrong language, for example) click the three dots to open the Translate menu.

    Chrome's Translate menu on a French web page.

How to Translate in Microsoft Edge 

Microsoft Edge works a little differently, but you can still change your language on web pages displayed in the Edge browser.

  1. Open the web page you want to translate in Microsoft Edge. 

  2. In the address bar at the top of the screen, click the Show Translation Options icon. Edge automatically displays this icon when it detects the language of the page isn't in the language you selected during setup. 

  3. The drop-down window should automatically choose your primary language. If that's what you want, click Translate.

    Microsoft Edge's Translate feature on a French web site.
  4. All the text on the page should now appear in your primary language. 

  5. If you prefer, you can choose a different language in the Translate To drop-down menu, or click the checkbox for Always translate pages from option if you want to always do that for this language. 

How to Translate a Page on Firefox

Unlike some browsers, Firefox doesn't come with a translation tool built-in. You'll need to install one via a Firefox add-on. 

  1. Start Firefox and then click the three horizontal lines at the top right of the window. This is Firefox's menu. 

  2. In the drop-down menu, click Add-ons.

    Choosing Add-Ons from the menu in Firefox.
  3. Install the add-on of your choice. There are a variety of translation add-ons you can choose from.

    Add-on search results in Firefox
  4. One add-on that works well at translating entire web pages is Translate Web Pages, which uses Google as its translation engine (which is the same as the built-in translator in Chrome). After you select the translation add-on, click Add to Firefox

  5. If you chose Translate Web Page, you'll find an icon for it at the right of the search box, similar to in Chrome and Edge. Click it and click Translate to see the text of the web page in a different language.

    Translated text in Firefox on a French web page.