Unwanted tags in Trados Studio and how to remove them

On occasion you may open up a project with a seemingly normal Word document, only to find that it is plagued by distracting and unnecessary tags. The problem is that often we don't see this mess until we've accepted the project and opened up the file in Studio. Fortunately there is an easy solution for this this problem, which usually occurs because the source was scanned with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software and the resulting file is a tag-filled mess.
To get rid of this mess, simply open up your Word file, select the problem text and then click on Home > Clear formatting. (Clear formatting is the icon located at the top right of the Font tab.) The end result is plain text with not tags. Now you can simply recreate the formatting of the original and when you open up the file in Studio all of the unwanted tags will be gone.

Windows 8 from a translator's perspective

5 Reasons why every translator should own a Kindle

The Vendor Client Relationship

Unfortunately most translators will be able to relate to this video, but you can have a good laugh when you see just how absurd many of the requests we commonly receive are, when viewed from a different angle.

The Vendor Client Relationship
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Optimizing your Time with Keyboard Shortcuts

How many words can you translate in a day? This is not an easy question to answer because there are many variables involved that can affect your daily output. One of the key variables affecting daily output is effective use of time. Usually you won’t be given as much time as you’d like in order to carry out a project, but one thing is certain: if you can produce more in less time you will make more money. By learning to use keyboard shortcuts rather than reaching for your mouse, you will be amazed at the time you can save.
This point was driven home to me in a workshop on resource optimization for freelance translators given by Xosé Castro after a translation conference in Montevideo, Uruguay. During the presentation the desktop of a portable computer was projected onto a large screen for the audience to see. I was randomly chosen from the audience and agreed to get up in front of them to perform a simple daily task. I was to open Word, type out a short phrase a…