I use Google Translate often and I wished there was a shortcut key for swapping language. Are there any?

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Google Translate now has a Ctrl + Shift + S hotkey for swapping languages:


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    The key combination unfortunately conflicts with Firefox's "save screenshot region" hotkey.
    – user598527
    Jun 29, 2019 at 8:08
  • It also conflicts with windows switch keyboard, and Awesome Screenshot.
    – EresDev
    Apr 23, 2020 at 10:33
  • @EresDev In my case it works as expected and it does not interfere with keyboard switch (Windows 10). I got 3 different keyboards installed. Dec 28, 2020 at 11:01

If you use Google Chrome, this extension may be useful to you.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Translate

It allows to use keyboard shortcut for Google Translate on Web.

[Option](PC:[Alt]) + [0-7] keys are bound to each indexed button.
  • lang-swap button -> Option + 0
  • button1 -> Option + 1
  • button2 -> Option + 2
  • button3 -> Option + 3
  • button4 -> Option + 4
  • button5 -> Option + 5
  • button6 -> Option + 6
  • button7 -> Option + 7
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    In Chrome Alt/Ctrl + [ 1, 2 ... ] will switch tabs. Oct 19, 2017 at 3:30

I use this trick (in Google Chrome):

Go to chrome://settings/searchEngines, in the Other search engines section click Add:

For the Search engine field enter a name of your choice.

For the Keyword choose a shortcut, typically a short word to go to translate from the address bar.

In the URL field enter this (this is for English> Arabic translation):


then click Save.

here's a screenshot (En> Ar):

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Change the sl and tl values to change the source-language and the to-language respectively, for example the French to Russian translation, the URL would be:



In the address bar type your shortcut (tr) then press tap then your text to translate: enter image description here

press enter to go directly to translate with your text being translated into your to-language


There is none, but Google Translator Toolkit has some, and some browser extensions such as Google Translate™ Hotkey add a couple of hotkeys.

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