The screen that welcomes you when you log in to Langzy might look familiar from other online translators. Langzy’s interface, however, gives you more choices. Let’s take a closer look at this screen.
To get the most out of Langzy, follow these steps when you have text to translate:
Select the source language (i.e., the language of your text), and the target language (i.e., the language you want to translate into). Don’t worry, Langzy will remember your choice; and you can always flip the two languages with the arrows in the middle.
Choose the translation service you wish to use. The different translators support different language combinations, so the list might look different depending on the language pair you chose in the previous step.
Now, with the languages and the translator set up, type or paste into the box on the left. Your translation will appear on the right.
You can use the same screen to translate full files. Click the “Browse” link on the left, or drag-and-drop a file there, then follow the instructions. Once you press Ctrl+Enter or click the round translate button in the middle, the file will upload, and Langzy will start processing it.
When ready, you can download the translated file from the bottom of the screen:
The great thing about Langzy is, you get back your translation in the original format, with the original layout preserved. Most translation services, if they offer to translate files at all, will only return the translated plain text. Hint: The list of file types you can translate depends on your plan.
Processing files can take several seconds; sometimes up to a few minutes. You don’t need to wait the whole time: the translated file will be waiting for you even if you log out from Langzy and come back later.
Disabling automatic translation
By default, when you type or paste text into the box on the left, Langzy translates it automatically. If you find that disturbing, or if you want to stop Langzy from translating over and over again as you type or edit, you can switch to manual mode:
In manual mode, Langzy will only translate when you click the button in the middle, or if your press Ctrl+Enter.
Charging for translation
In order to ensure the confidentiality of your content, Langzy doesn’t use any free MT services. To pay for the usage of the private MT services, Langzy deduces a character-based amount from your balance every time you translate something. We have a dedicated article where we explain the mechanism in detail.
Retrieving previous translations
If you translated a piece of text of a document with Langzy but you no longer have the translation at hand, you can retrieve it from Langzy if you visit the History page. We explain exactly what is stored, for how long, and how you can delete it, in a separate article.