Google Translate is the most widely used translation service currently available for free. But translating a webpage, a paragraph, or a piece of text can still be a tiresome process. First you need to visit Google Translate website, copy/paste the text, at last choosing the language, and finally clicking Translate.
Google Translate Client for Windows makes translation a piece-of-cake. It integrates itself into every Windows application, whether it be Firefox browser, Notepad, Microsoft Word, or Windows Live Writer. It is to date the best 3rd party Google Translate tool I have ever tried.
Here is how it works, once you install this tool it will automatically load silently in the system tray. Now open any webpage or a Windows application and select the text that you want to translate, a ‘G’ icon will pop-up next to it. Click this icon to translate instantly.
Note: This tool requires an active internet connection to work, but consumes minimal bandwidth.
Example of Translation in Firefox
Example of Translation in Microsoft Word
If the system tray icon is Yellow, it means that it is enabled for the currently active application. But if the icon is Blue, then it means that it is disabled for the currently opened application. You can always disable/enable it for any desired application by first launching that application and then right-clicking the system tray icon and selecting Enable/Disable option give on top of context menu. See screenshots below.
Example of Disabling this tool for Firefox
Example for Enabling this tool on Microsoft Word
To change the Translation language or to translate multiple text or paragraphs, run the main program by double-clicking the system tray icon.
Overall, it is a must-have tool for those who need to translate frequently using Google Translate service. It works on all versions of Windows. Enjoy!