How to Turn Translation Off on Firefox

By Thomas McNish

Firefox add-ons expand the browser's capabilities.
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Mozilla Firefox is free, efficient and fast, making it a popular choice for small businesses. Unfortunately, its efficiency can be degraded by the use of too many add-ons. Literally hundreds of add-ons have been developed for Firefox, giving the browser enhanced functionality and providing users with customization options. Installing too many add-ons, however, can bog down your browser and detract from your productivity. If you've installed a translation extension that is causing Firefox to automatically translate words or pages, removing the add-on is the best solution and it's simple to do.

Open your Firefox browser.

Click the "Firefox" button to display a pull-down menu. Select the "Add-ons" option.

Click the "Extensions" icon on the next page to reveal a list of add-ons installed on your browser. Locate the translator add-on; the program name probably includes the word "translate" or "translator." Popular Firefox translation add-ons include Google Translator, Yahoo! Babelfish and foxLingo.

Click the "Remove" button in the translator add-on field to remove the app from Firefox.

Close Firefox to finalize the removal. Test your browser to ensure that the add-on has been removed and Firefox is no longer translating the websites you browse.


The Firefox browser does not include native code that would inherently cause it to translate anything. If you are still having problems after removing the translation add-ons, other advanced settings may need to be configured. Ask your IT person to help you configure the browser's language settings.