We often find ourselves in situations where clients send us MS Word files that also come with metatext or information that the client includes to help us. This snippet below, for example:

”Please ignore the text in bold, it’s for internal reference:

Header:

Try out our new amazing range of products!

Footer:

Please visit our website [link] for more information.”

In this case, it would be helpful to simply hide that bold text from the Word doc so that it can be ignored by your CAT tool, and so it doesn’t affect the word count.

To hide text, first open the Word file and select the text you want to hide. Then open the Font dialogue and select “Hidden” in Effects. Unselect when you want to unhide it.

If you have a small part of a large file for translation, first hide all text and then unhide the parts that are for translation. (See the image below).

Although it seems quite obvious, you’d be amazed at how many people overlook this simple method. Save time, do the simple things first.

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