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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


Awesome helping hand in the tool translation jungle. Translation of a formula takes far too long without this tool.

Keep up the good work.

Best regards

Hi Ale_rg,
Thanks for the feedback and for the compliment :-)
Microsoft also changed the name of some Excel functions after the release of a service pack. This was the case for SEARCH, which was named PESQUISAR in Excel 2010 and renamed to LOCALIZAR in Excel 2010 SP1. Please refer to the KB-Article from Microsoft here: Function names changed in non-English versions of Excel 2010 SP1.
Best Regards, Mourad

Thanks for this tool! It help me a lot!

Only a mistake in translation from English to Portuguese (Brazil)-> the keyword SEARCH should be translated to LOCALIZAR, and not PESQUISAR

Best Regards

Thanks :-)

This is an excellent and invaluable tool. Many thanks.

excel german english user

cool thanks

Hi Buci,
thanks! And thanks for reporting the issue. The translator assumes that the functions in a formula have brackets. That’s why, when using TRUE oder FALSE, the parser does not recognizes them. I will try to find a solution for this problem in the next version planned for summer.
Best regards :-)

Hi! This is a great tool, thanks!
Sometimes there comes a “True” or “False” in my Fomula which I need to translate manually. Would be nice to have that feature.

Thanks, Daniel :-)

Hello Mourad,

just wanted to say thanks for your great service on translating the excel functions: Thank you!


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