Translate text from Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

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Coding level: Intermediate
Duration: 30 minutes
Project type: Google Workspace Add-on

Objectives

  • Understand what the solution does.
  • Understand what the Apps Script services do within the solution.
  • Set up the environment.
  • Set up the script.
  • Run the script.

About this solution

With this solution, you can easily translate text from within Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Screenshot of the Translate Google Workspace Add-on

How it works

When you select text in Docs, Sheets, or Slides and click Get Selection in the add-on, the script copies the text into the add-on, translates it and displays the translated text.

By default, the script detects the source language and translates the text to English. You can edit the source and target languages.

Apps Script services

This solution uses the following services:

Prerequisites

To use this sample, you need the following prerequisites:

  • A Google Account (Google Workspace accounts might require administrator approval).
  • A web browser with access to the internet.

  • A Google Cloud project.

Set up your environment

Open your Cloud project in the Google Cloud console

If it's not open already, open the Cloud project that you intend to use for this sample:

  1. Go to the Google Cloud console.
  2. Next to Google Cloud, click the Down arrow . A dialog listing current projects appears.
  3. Select your project and click Open. The console opens your project.

Google Workspace Add-ons require a consent screen configuration. Configuring your add-on's OAuth consent screen defines what Google displays to users.

  1. In your Google Cloud project, go to Menu > APIs & Services > OAuth consent screen.

    Go to OAuth consent screen

  2. Select the user type for your app, then click Create.
  3. Complete the app registration form, then click Save and Continue.
  4. For now, you can skip adding scopes and click Save and Continue. In the future, when you create an app for use outside of your Google Workspace organization, you must add and verify the authorization scopes that your app requires.
  5. If you selected External for user type, add test users:
    1. Under Test users, click Add users.
    2. Enter your email address and any other authorized test users, then click Save and Continue.
  6. Review your app registration summary. To make changes, click Edit. If the app registration looks OK, click Back to Dashboard.

Set up the script

Create the Apps Script project

  1. Click the following button to open the Translate Apps Script project.
    Open the project

  2. Click Overview .

  3. On the overview page, click Make a copy The icon for making a copy.

Copy the Cloud project number

  1. Go to your Google Cloud project in the Google Cloud console.
  2. Click Settings and Utilities > Project settings.
  3. Copy the Project number.

Set the Apps Script project's Cloud project

  1. In your copied Apps Script project, click Project Settings The icon for project settings.
  2. Under Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Project, click Change project.
  3. In GCP project number, paste the Google Cloud project number.
  4. Click Set project.

Install a test deployment

  1. In your copied Apps Script project, click Editor .
  2. Open the Code.gs file and click Run. When prompted, authorize the script.
  3. Click Deploy > Test deployments.
  4. Click Install > Done.

Run the script

  1. Open a file in Google Docs, Sheets or Slides, or create a new one.
  2. On the right sidebar open the Translate add-on .
  3. If prompted, authorize the add-on.
  4. Select text in your file.
  5. In the add-on, click Get Selection > Translate.

Review the code

To review the Apps Script code for this solution, click View source code below:

View source code

Code.gs

const DEFAULT_INPUT_TEXT = '';
const DEFAULT_OUTPUT_TEXT = '';
const DEFAULT_ORIGIN_LAN = ''; // Empty string means detect langauge
const DEFAULT_DESTINATION_LAN = 'en' // English

const LANGUAGE_MAP =
  [
    { text: 'Detect Language', val: '' },
    { text: 'Afrikaans', val: 'af' },
    { text: 'Albanian', val: 'sq' },
    { text: 'Amharic', val: 'am' },
    { text: 'Arabic', val: 'ar' },
    { text: 'Armenian', val: 'hy' },
    { text: 'Azerbaijani', val: 'az' },
    { text: 'Basque', val: 'eu' },
    { text: 'Belarusian', val: 'be' },
    { text: 'Bengali', val: 'bn' },
    { text: 'Bosnian', val: 'bs' },
    { text: 'Bulgarian', val: 'bg' },
    { text: 'Catalan', val: 'ca' },
    { text: 'Cebuano', val: 'ceb' },
    { text: 'Chinese (Simplified)', val: 'zh-CN' },
    { text: 'Chinese (Traditional)', val: 'zh-TW' },
    { text: 'Corsican', val: 'co' },
    { text: 'Croatian', val: 'hr' },
    { text: 'Czech', val: 'cs' },
    { text: 'Danish', val: 'da' },
    { text: 'Dutch', val: 'nl' },
    { text: 'English', val: 'en' },
    { text: 'Esperanto', val: 'eo' },
    { text: 'Estonian', val: 'et' },
    { text: 'Finnish', val: 'fi' },
    { text: 'French', val: 'fr' },
    { text: 'Frisian', val: 'fy' },
    { text: 'Galician', val: 'gl' },
    { text: 'Georgian', val: 'ka' },
    { text: 'German', val: 'de' },
    { text: 'Greek', val: 'el' },
    { text: 'Gujarati', val: 'gu' },
    { text: 'Haitian Creole', val: 'ht' },
    { text: 'Hausa', val: 'ha' },
    { text: 'Hawaiian', val: 'haw' },
    { text: 'Hebrew', val: 'he' },
    { text: 'Hindi', val: 'hi' },
    { text: 'Hmong', val: 'hmn' },
    { text: 'Hungarian', val: 'hu' },
    { text: 'Icelandic', val: 'is' },
    { text: 'Igbo', val: 'ig' },
    { text: 'Indonesian', val: 'id' },
    { text: 'Irish', val: 'ga' },
    { text: 'Italian', val: 'it' },
    { text: 'Japanese', val: 'ja' },
    { text: 'Javanese', val: 'jv' },
    { text: 'Kannada', val: 'kn' },
    { text: 'Kazakh', val: 'kk' },
    { text: 'Khmer', val: 'km' },
    { text: 'Korean', val: 'ko' },
    { text: 'Kurdish', val: 'ku' },
    { text: 'Kyrgyz', val: 'ky' },
    { text: 'Lao', val: 'lo' },
    { text: 'Latin', val: 'la' },
    { text: 'Latvian', val: 'lv' },
    { text: 'Lithuanian', val: 'lt' },
    { text: 'Luxembourgish', val: 'lb' },
    { text: 'Macedonian', val: 'mk' },
    { text: 'Malagasy', val: 'mg' },
    { text: 'Malay', val: 'ms' },
    { text: 'Malayalam', val: 'ml' },
    { text: 'Maltese', val: 'mt' },
    { text: 'Maori', val: 'mi' },
    { text: 'Marathi', val: 'mr' },
    { text: 'Mongolian', val: 'mn' },
    { text: 'Myanmar (Burmese)', val: 'my' },
    { text: 'Nepali', val: 'ne' },
    { text: 'Norwegian', val: 'no' },
    { text: 'Nyanja (Chichewa)', val: 'ny' },
    { text: 'Pashto', val: 'ps' },
    { text: 'Persian', val: 'fa' },
    { text: 'Polish', val: 'pl' },
    { text: 'Portuguese (Portugal, Brazil)', val: 'pt' },
    { text: 'Punjabi', val: 'pa' },
    { text: 'Romanian', val: 'ro' },
    { text: 'Russian', val: 'ru' },
    { text: 'Samoan', val: 'sm' },
    { text: 'Scots Gaelic', val: 'gd' },
    { text: 'Serbian', val: 'sr' },
    { text: 'Sesotho', val: 'st' },
    { text: 'Shona', val: 'sn' },
    { text: 'Sindhi', val: 'sd' },
    { text: 'Sinhala (Sinhalese)', val: 'si' },
    { text: 'Slovak', val: 'sk' },
    { text: 'Slovenian', val: 'sl' },
    { text: 'Somali', val: 'so' },
    { text: 'Spanish', val: 'es' },
    { text: 'Sundanese', val: 'su' },
    { text: 'Swahili', val: 'sw' },
    { text: 'Swedish', val: 'sv' },
    { text: 'Tagalog (Filipino)', val: 'tl' },
    { text: 'Tajik', val: 'tg' },
    { text: 'Tamil', val: 'ta' },
    { text: 'Telugu', val: 'te' },
    { text: 'Thai', val: 'th' },
    { text: 'Turkish', val: 'tr' },
    { text: 'Ukrainian', val: 'uk' },
    { text: 'Urdu', val: 'ur' },
    { text: 'Uzbek', val: 'uz' },
    { text: 'Vietnamese', val: 'vi' },
    { text: 'Welsh', val: 'cy' },
    { text: 'Xhosa', val: 'xh' },
    { text: 'Yiddish', val: 'yi' },
    { text: 'Yoruba', val: 'yo' },
    { text: 'Zulu', val: 'zu' }
  ];


/**
 * Callback for rendering the main card.
 * @return {CardService.Card} The card to show the user.
 */
function onHomepage(e) {
  return createSelectionCard(e, DEFAULT_ORIGIN_LAN, DEFAULT_DESTINATION_LAN, DEFAULT_INPUT_TEXT, DEFAULT_OUTPUT_TEXT);
}

/**
 * Main function to generate the main card.
 * @param {String} originLanguage Language of the original text.
 * @param {String} destinationLanguage Language of the translation.
 * @param {String} inputText The text to be translated.
 * @param {String} outputText The text translated.
 * @return {CardService.Card} The card to show to the user.
 */
function createSelectionCard(e, originLanguage, destinationLanguage, inputText, outputText) {
  var hostApp = e['hostApp'];
  var builder = CardService.newCardBuilder();

  // "From" language selection & text input section
  var fromSection = CardService.newCardSection()
    .addWidget(generateLanguagesDropdown('origin', 'From: ', originLanguage))
    .addWidget(CardService.newTextInput()
      .setFieldName('input')
      .setValue(inputText)
      .setTitle('Enter text...')
      .setMultiline(true));

  if (hostApp === 'docs') {
    fromSection.addWidget(CardService.newButtonSet()
      .addButton(CardService.newTextButton()
        .setText('Get Selection')
        .setOnClickAction(CardService.newAction().setFunctionName('getDocsSelection'))
        .setDisabled(false)))
  } else if (hostApp === 'sheets') {
    fromSection.addWidget(CardService.newButtonSet()
      .addButton(CardService.newTextButton()
        .setText('Get Selection')
        .setOnClickAction(CardService.newAction().setFunctionName('getSheetsSelection'))
        .setDisabled(false)))
  } else if (hostApp === 'slides') {
    fromSection.addWidget(CardService.newButtonSet()
      .addButton(CardService.newTextButton()
        .setText('Get Selection')
        .setOnClickAction(CardService.newAction().setFunctionName('getSlidesSelection'))
        .setDisabled(false)))
  }


  builder.addSection(fromSection);

  // "Translation" language selection & text input section
  builder.addSection(CardService.newCardSection()
    .addWidget(generateLanguagesDropdown('destination', 'To: ', destinationLanguage))
    .addWidget(CardService.newTextInput()
      .setFieldName('output')
      .setValue(outputText)
      .setTitle('Translation...')
      .setMultiline(true)));

  //Buttons section
  builder.addSection(CardService.newCardSection()
    .addWidget(CardService.newButtonSet()
      .addButton(CardService.newTextButton()
        .setText('Translate')
        .setTextButtonStyle(CardService.TextButtonStyle.FILLED)
        .setOnClickAction(CardService.newAction().setFunctionName('translateText'))
        .setDisabled(false))
      .addButton(CardService.newTextButton()
        .setText('Clear')
        .setOnClickAction(CardService.newAction().setFunctionName('clearText'))
        .setDisabled(false))));

  return builder.build();

}

/**
 * Helper function to generate the drop down language menu. It checks what language the user had selected.
 * @param {String} fieldName
 * @param {String} fieldTitle
 * @param {String} previousSelected The language the user previously had selected.
 * @return {CardService.SelectionInput} The card to show to the user.
 */
function generateLanguagesDropdown(fieldName, fieldTitle, previousSelected) {
  var selectionInput = CardService.newSelectionInput().setTitle(fieldTitle)
    .setFieldName(fieldName)
    .setType(CardService.SelectionInputType.DROPDOWN);

  LANGUAGE_MAP.forEach((language, index, array) => {
    selectionInput.addItem(language.text, language.val, language.val == previousSelected);
  })

  return selectionInput;
}

/**
 * Helper function to translate the text. If the originLanguage is an empty string, the API detects the language
 * @return {CardService.Card} The card to show to the user.
 */
function translateText(e) {
  var originLanguage = e.formInput.origin;
  var destinationLanguage = e.formInput.destination;
  var inputText = e.formInput.input;

  if (originLanguage !== destinationLanguage && inputText !== undefined) {
    var translation = LanguageApp.translate(e.formInput.input, e.formInput.origin, e.formInput.destination);
    return createSelectionCard(e, originLanguage, destinationLanguage, inputText, translation);
  }
}

/**
 * Helper function to clean the text.
 * @return {CardService.Card} The card to show to the user.
 */
function clearText(e) {
  var originLanguage = e.formInput.origin;
  var destinationLanguage = e.formInput.destination;
  return createSelectionCard(e, originLanguage, destinationLanguage, DEFAULT_INPUT_TEXT, DEFAULT_OUTPUT_TEXT);
}

/**
 * Helper function to get the text selected.
 * @return {CardService.Card} The selected text.
 */
function getDocsSelection(e) {
  var text = '';
  var selection = DocumentApp.getActiveDocument().getSelection();
  Logger.log(selection)
  if (selection) {
    var elements = selection.getRangeElements();
    for (var i = 0; i < elements.length; i++) {
      Logger.log(elements[i]);
      var element = elements[i];
      // Only modify elements that can be edited as text; skip images and other non-text elements.
      if (element.getElement().asText() && element.getElement().asText().getText() !== '') {
        text += element.getElement().asText().getText() + '\n';
      }
    }
  }

  if (text !== '') {
    var originLanguage = e.formInput.origin;
    var destinationLanguage = e.formInput.destination;
    var translation = LanguageApp.translate(text, e.formInput.origin, e.formInput.destination);
    return createSelectionCard(e, originLanguage, destinationLanguage, text, translation);
  }
}

/**
 * Helper function to get the text of the selected cells.
 * @return {CardService.Card} The selected text.
 */
function getSheetsSelection(e) {
  var text = '';
  var ranges = SpreadsheetApp.getActive().getSelection().getActiveRangeList().getRanges();
  for (var i = 0; i < ranges.length; i++) {
    const range = ranges[i];
    const numRows = range.getNumRows();
    const numCols = range.getNumColumns();
    for (let i = 1; i <= numCols; i++) {
      for (let j = 1; j <= numRows; j++) {
        const cell = range.getCell(j, i);
        if (cell.getValue()) {
          text += cell.getValue() + '\n';
        }
      }
    }
  }
  if (text !== '') {
    var originLanguage = e.formInput.origin;
    var destinationLanguage = e.formInput.destination;
    var translation = LanguageApp.translate(text, e.formInput.origin, e.formInput.destination);
    return createSelectionCard(e, originLanguage, destinationLanguage, text, translation);
  }
}

/**
 * Helper function to get the selected text of the active slide.
 * @return {CardService.Card} The selected text.
 */
function getSlidesSelection(e) {
  var text = '';
  var selection = SlidesApp.getActivePresentation().getSelection();
  var selectionType = selection.getSelectionType();
  if (selectionType === SlidesApp.SelectionType.TEXT) {
    var textRange = selection.getTextRange();
    if (textRange.asString() !== '') {
      text += textRange.asString() + '\n';
    }
  }
  if (text !== '') {
    var originLanguage = e.formInput.origin;
    var destinationLanguage = e.formInput.destination;
    var translation = LanguageApp.translate(text, e.formInput.origin, e.formInput.destination);
    return createSelectionCard(e, originLanguage, destinationLanguage, text, translation);
  }
}

appsscript.json

{
  "timeZone": "America/New_York",
  "dependencies": {},
  "exceptionLogging": "STACKDRIVER",
  "oauthScopes": [
    "https://www.googleapis.com/auth/documents.currentonly",
    "https://www.googleapis.com/auth/spreadsheets.currentonly",
    "https://www.googleapis.com/auth/presentations.currentonly"
  ],
  "runtimeVersion": "V8",
  "addOns": {
    "common": {
      "name": "Translate",
      "logoUrl": "https://www.gstatic.com/images/branding/product/1x/translate_24dp.png",
      "layoutProperties": {
        "primaryColor": "#2772ed"
      },
      "homepageTrigger": {
        "runFunction": "onHomepage"
      }
    },
    "docs" : {},
    "slides" : {},
    "sheets" : {}
  }
}

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This sample is maintained by Google with the help of Google Developer Experts.

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