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Documentation on how to translate software with POEditor

You can easily localize software using Excel .xls and .xlsx files with POEditor. Here is how to make a basic setup for your localization project using Excel files.

1. Create translation project

Login to your account, create a new translation project and add a language to it.

2. Import Excel file

Use import button in the Project page to import your .xls or .xlsx file (you can import both the terms and the translations). POEditor expects the data in the file to be in the following order: term, translation (optional), context (optional), reference (optional), comment (optional).

Import terms (Project page) - POEditor localization management platform

Note: If your terms are string IDs (labels), this language will automatically be suggested as your project's Default Reference Language after you import the translations. You can change the DRL in Project Settings.

3. Start localization

Add your desired languages for translation, invite your contributors to join and start localizing your Excel worksheets. There are also other translation options you can choose from.

When the translation is done, you can export each of your Excel .xls files using Export function from Options Menu from the language page.

Export localized file (Language page) - POEditor Localization Tool

Note: If you want to automate the import/export steps of the localization process, consider using the POEditor API or one of the integrations with code hosting platforms.

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