How to translate text inline with Internet Explorer 8 accelerators

Various sites today often have mixed language content (think twitter). Translating parts of the webpage would mean copying the text and pasting it into a translation service such as google translate or yahoo’s babelfish. I thought I would share with you a quick way to translate text on a website without leaving the website. 

Internet Explorer 8 introduced the concept of accelerators which enable you to perform functions on selected text. To install accelerators go to .

The accelerator we want to install is the Bing Translator. It’s usually featured on the front page or you can access it directly here

Once you’ve installed the Bing Translator go to the web page you want to translate a portion of text and select the text. Next the accelerator icon will pop up.  Click it and hover over “Translate with Bing”. This will pop up the translation within the web page. If you actually click “Translate with Bing” you will be redirected to the Bing web page. So the trick is to just hover over the option.

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2 thoughts on “How to translate text inline with Internet Explorer 8 accelerators

  1. I would love to use this feature. Unfortunately the BING accelerator always defaults to translation from Japanese to Japanese. I want it to translate from Japanese to English.

    It is true that I can manually change the language to English, but I have to do this every single time I use it, which really defeats the convenience of the hover feature.

    Any HELP would be much appreciated.

    Thank you

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