An Introduction to Smartcat Editor

Get a brief overview of the different editing features you can use on Smartcat Editor


Smartcat Editor is Smartcat's proprietary computer-assisted translation (CAT) tool, available to all clients via their Smartcat workspace to review and edit their translations. It is designed to enable total translation quality and consistency and to collaborate with colleagues as well as external linguists.

Understanding Smartcat Editor

Smartcat Editor is made up of different elements and features to optimize the translation editing step. 

1. Toolbar with search bar and the a wide range of editing commands

2. The editing area that  contains the source and target texts, the translation source, and the segment confirmation box

3. The CAT panel containing the translation memory, automatic translation, and glossary matches

4. A series of tabs for communication, QA and revisions history

The screenshot below shows a sample English to Spanish translation project after Smartcat Language AI has performed an automatic translation.



Use shortcuts for faster, easier editing


With Smartcat, you can use a wide range of keyboard shortcuts to make the editing process as efficient as possible.



Keyboard shortcut

Confirm the current segment or all segments


Lock the segment for editing


Go to the next unconfirmed segment


Go to the segment with a specific number


Undo/Redo the last edit


Copy the source text to the target segments (can be applied to whole document)


Clear all non-empty target segments one by one


Insert a special character


Cycle through cases


Insert a tag


Limit the length of a specific segment


Revert the segment to the previous stage


Open the custom dictionary associated with the spellchecker


Concordance search


Merge selected segments


Split segment in the place of your cursor


Download the translation


Customize the Editor view 


Working in the editing area

In the editing area, you can see your source text on the left and its translation on the right. Both sides are split into segments.

In the editing area you can do the following.

  1. View the translation source – machine translation or translation memory
  2. See the notifications on any spelling or grammar errors
  3. Review, correct and confirm specific segments
  4. See the in-context preview of the target text (if the format is supported)
  5. Read comments – such as instructions or questions from a colleague or an external linguist – corresponding to a specific word, phrase or segment
  6. Search the source or target text for specific language entries


The CAT Panel

This displays matches from the translation memory, machine translation output, and glossary terms found for wordings or words within source segments.


Here, you can also find information about the translation memory, its name, the exact source where the last update was made, the update history, and the machine translation engine used, if applicable. 


To insert a match, double-click it in the CAT panel. If you have several suggestions,  press Ctrl plus the number of the suggestion in the CAT panel (Ctrl+1, Ctrl+2, etc.).


CAT Info

The CAT info panel displays the differences between the new source segment and any matches found in the translation memory. It also performs concordance searches.

Concordance search enables you to search for a term in the entirety of the translation memories associated with the project in the source or target text.

Tabbed Area

The tabs let you streamline collaboration and communication between your team members and perform quality assurance. 

In the tabbed area you can do the following.

  1. View translation suggestions
  2. Perform concordance search
  3. View revisions history, including information on the name of the user who modified the text, as well as the time and date of the action
  4. See the quality issues found in the translation during LQA
  5. View comments to the document and the specific segment
  6. Preview the translation formatting


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