How to translate a PDF document.

Learn how to translate PDF documents so you can share with anyone, anywhere — no matter what language they speak.

Not everyone you work with speaks English, meaning that sometimes you might have to translate your PDFs before you share them. But PDF documents are final form files, which makes them challenging to edit for translation purposes. There’s no automatic PDF translator, either.

However, there is a simple workaround — just convert your PDF to an editable format, like a Word file, first. This guide teaches you how to translate a PDF with Adobe Acrobat.

Convert your PDF.

  1. Open your PDF in Acrobat.
  2. Go to the Tools menu and select Export PDF.
  3. Select your export format and click Export.
  4. Name your file and click Save.

Translate the document.

Now that you have an easily editable document, you can get to translating it. You could use an online translator, but they’re not always entirely reliable. You’ve surely seen examples of particularly silly online translator mistakes.

It’s better to get a human being to translate your document. If you can’t do it yourself, consider hiring a professional translation service, especially if you’re working on detailed documents like business contracts.

Convert your document back to PDF.

Once you’ve completed the translation, you can convert your document back to PDF with Acrobat.

  1. Open Acrobat.
  2. Open the Tools menu and select Create PDF.
  3. Select your document and click Create.
  4. Save your newly converted PDF.

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