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Other Tools in the Editor

Besides Translation Memory and Glossary, there are a few other tools – and things you should pay attention to too – which can be helpful as you translate.


Instructions are specific directions for translating a string. Any instructions for a string will appear above the translation box.

Character limits

For some strings, you may see a number in the bottom left of the translation box. This is a character limit; it's the maximum number of characters your translation for that string can have and a translation won't be saved unless it's within the limit. So if the number says 12, your translation should have 12 or fewer characters.


The History tab shows how the selected string was translated in the past and is useful as a reference.

Comments and Issues

If you have a question about the meaning of a string, or see an error with it, you can leave a comment and open an issue.

  • With a string selected, click the Comments tab, then hit the Comment button.

  • Enter your message into the comment box.

  • Hit Add to simply add a comment, or Add as issue to add a comment and mark it as an issue.editor-comment-box.png#asset:550

    If you want to leave a comment for a specific user, you can @mention them. Simply type @ followed by their username.



The Details tab includes additional information about the string. Sometimes a developer might include notes about how a string is used within an app. These notes appear inside this section of the editor.

Keyboard shortcuts

The Editor supports a number of keyboard shortcuts so you can quickly take actions without using your mouse.

To see all the available shortcuts, enter the Editor, click on the Gear icon settings_color.png#asset:1107 in the top right corner of the header, and hit Shortcuts.editor-keyboard-shortcuts.png#asset:570

View source strings in a different language

If you're translating to two similar languages, such as French (France) and French (Canada), you can view the translations of one as the source strings when translating the other. If, for example, you translated your content from English to French (France), you'd be able to see your French (France) translations as the source strings when translating to French (Canada).

  • From within the Editor, click the Gear icon settings_color.png#asset:1107 in the top right.

  • Select Show source string in X.


  • In the popup, select the translation language that you want to see as source strings.


  • Click Set language.