I need to translate a lot of terms in a IT-application like button labels:

  • Close
  • Next
  • Exit
  • Search
  • etc.

Can anyone translate these or is there any site with a list of common terms for French?

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The most common button labels that come to my mind would be the following:

  • Close = Fermer
  • Exit = Quitter (Small difference between this and Close. I'd say you should use this one when leaving/closing some kind of workflow or the program itself, and Close when just closing a window/confirmation message)
  • Cancel = Annuler
  • Previous = Précédent
  • Next = Suivant
  • Search = Rechercher (This one can be used either to activate a search mode or to apply a entered text for the search, both are fine)
  • Confirm = Confirmer
  • Apply = Appliquer
  • Accept/Agree = Accepter
  • Decline = Refuser
  • Enable = Activer
  • Disable = Désactiver

Another label you might see quite often in French is "Valider", it has more or less the same usage than a "Confirm"/"Ok" button, just remember that it's not exactly meaning the same thing as "Validate" in English.

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    Thank you very much for this effort ! that is amazing. This should be payed. Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 9:05
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    I'll add some others. Browse => Parcourir, Save => Sauvegarder, Undo => Annuler, Edit => Editer/Modifier, Settings => Paramètres, Minimise => Réduire, Maximise => Agrandir
    – TCHdvlp
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 11:10
  • For specific queries, you may also try this.
    – user3177
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 13:42

Two options.

  1. Change your browser or operating system into French for a while and find out the corresponding terms that way. It's easy with Chrome or a Mac.

  2. Have a browse through the FR-ER translation projects on the crowdsourcing site Crowdin, which constantly deals with these terms.


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