Translation Resources

Bilingual DOCX

MXLIFF files can be exported into a bilingual DOCX file and back. This is typically used to make edits before re-importing the file back to Memsource. It is not recommended for translation.

Bilingual DOCX files can be generated and uploaded from the Jobs Table or from the Editor.

Use Cases:

  • Running a spellcheck in a text editor rather than in Memsource Editor.

  • Passing a bilingual DOCX file to a customer or another user who prefers working in text editors (as an unclean document).


  • The text is exported in a wide and long table and is not suitable for printing.

  • Only the translation for the first instance of a repetition is displayed. Notification is given at the top of the bilingual DOCX file: When a segment gets repeated, the font is light grey, and you do NOT have to translate it.

  • Tags are not protected.

  • In RTL languages (Arabic, Hebrew), tags such as {2> will be inverted to <2{ In order to get correct tags in Memsource, the tags in RTL Word must be <2{ word }2>

  • TM, TB, and MT are not available for bilingual DOCX files.

  • Segments cannot be sorted or filtered.

  • Segments cannot be confirmed (They can only be uploaded and then confirmed in Memsource Editor).

  • Comments are read-only. Changes will not be imported back into Memsource.

  • When using multilingual DOCX files to move contents across jobs, bilingual tables may have up to 1000 lines. Copying large parts of text may need to be done in parts.

  • Download an MXLIFF version of a document as a local backup before uploading large or heavily modified bilingual DOCX files. Job updates from DOCX or MXLIFF files cannot be undone.

Bilingual DOCX can also be re-formatted into a Trados unclean DOCX using Word macros from third-party PlusToyz.


Uploading part of a Bilingual DOCX is not directly supported, but there is a workaround:

In the Bilingual DOCX, delete the unwanted lines. Ensure that the table header is kept at the beginning of the file. The Bilingual DOCX can then be uploaded.

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