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The Microsoft Excel functions have been localized into many languages. If you send your Excel file to someone using a different language for Excel than you, the functions and formulas used in the workbook are automatically translated by Excel when opening the file. However, the automatic translation usually does not work, if you directly insert foreign language formulas into your worksheet. Such a situation may for example occur, if you are using Excel in German and want to use an English formula provided by a forum. The following online tool allows you to translate an Excel formula from one language into another language and therefore use the localized formula.

Microsoft ExcelMore information

Select your Microsoft Excel version. If you are using an Excel version older than Excel 2010, then select the last entry in the list. Please note, that some Excel function names have been translated differently across different Excel versions. This is for example the case for the function VLOOKUP. The Dutch translation for the function VLOOKUP is OPZOEKEN for Excel 2010 and ZOEKEN for Excel 2010 SP1 and above.

Source formulaMore information

Please enter either a single Excel function or a formula to the source formula field. If you enter a formula, the formula should have a correct syntax. The translator translates the function names, error values such as #DIV/0! and optionally the arguments for the CELL and INFO function.

Source languageMore information

Select the source language. The language must match the language of the function or formula previously entered, so that the translator can recognize the names.

Target languageMore information

Select the target language. Please note, that for several languages not all functions have been localized. There are even languages where only the arguments for the CELL and INFO functions have been translated.

OptionsMore information

The first option allows you to specify if the argument separators should be replaced. This is for example important, if you are translating an English formula to German. Usually, the comma is used as argument separator in an English Excel version and the semi-colon in a German Excel version. Therefore, you need to replace the argument separator, so that the German Excel version recognizes the formula. The Excel-Translator automatically suggests you an option when selecting a language. The other options allow you to specify whether the first arguments for the CELL and INFO function should be translated to English or to the target language. These options are set to the English translation by default, as Excel always recognizes the arguments in English.

Separator for the function arguments

First argument for CELL()

First argument for INFO()

Target formula


Hi Koen,

thank you very much for pointing out that. I am aware of this. However that’s not easy to include, as the separator depends on the Windows User Settings.


Hi Mourad,
as an extra: I recently bumped into this issue with fixed array constants (used in formulas):

When ; is your normal formula separator, the “other one” is \ = ; is for rows and / for columns
When , is your normal formula separator, the “other one” is ; = , is for rows and ; is for columns

={1,2,3} “translates as” ={1;2;3} (3 rows)
={1;2;3} “translates as” ={1\2\3} (3 columns)

Hi Ali,
you are right, it’s end of March 24. Unfortunately, my time is currently very limited due to a nursing case, which I prioritize. I can therefore only ask for your patience. Thank you.

It’s almost the end of March – when is the site going to include 365 functions? Still waiting …
I have been recommending this site to many people, but as more and more people move to 365, I am no longer able to do so, or use it effectively myself. This is disappointing.

Hi Ali,
yes, the translator will be updated. In fact, last year a full relaunch of this site would had to be done by an agency, but that unfortunately failed. So I will keep the current version and implement by myself an update this first quarter 24.

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