The CAT Tool

Search Translation Memory (Concordance Search)

This article is for Translators and Editors.

In addition to viewing previous translations for similar strings (fuzzy matches) in the Language Resources panel of the CAT tool, you can search all of the available translation memory to see past translations for any string, in any target language.

You can perform different types of searches, for example:

  • A phrase search such as: hello world
  • Case sensitive versus case insensitive search

Search Translation Memory

  1. From the CAT tool, click Search TM.
  2. Select a target language from the drop down menu. You also have the options to include:
    • Search Target: By default, the search is on words in the source, however, if "Search Target" is enabled, then the search will be on the words in the translation.
    • Published Only: The search will only return results of strings that have been published.
    • Match Case: The search will take case into account. Therefore, searching for "LOGIN" would not return "Login".
    • Exact Match: If this is selected, the search result has to exactly match the query, character for character.
  3. Enter keywords in the search field and press Enter.

From within the Search TM tab click New window to keep it open in its own separate window. This is particularly useful if you're using an external monitor. It allows you to perform a concordance search and view context at the same time.

Display String Details

The TM search results display details about the translated string, such as:

  • Source
  • Target
  • The name of the Translator along with the respective TM
  • The date that the TM was last modified
  • Whether or not the string has been published


Insert TM Search Result

Clicking the down arrow beside a string in the TM search results will insert the translation into the target segment for the string you are working on.



Machine Translation

Smartling also displays a machine translation (MT) for each string in the Language Resources panel. Click on the MT string to insert it into the translation column of the string you are working on.


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