How to show or hide tags in Trados Studio

Be careful with tag appearance in Trados Studio!

Look at the screen shot below:

sample

It is an ordinary text in an ordinary Trados Studio document, isn’t it? You translated it and everything looks good.

But if you try to perform a QA (by pressing F8 button), you suddenly receive multiple error messages about tag mismatches. You are puzzled, as there are only five tags, and they all coincide in the source and the target. How could that be? There are no mismatched tags!

The answer is intriguing: the document DOES contain tags. But they are hidden.

To see them, select View tab on the Trados Studio ribbon and look at the Options section. There is a button called Toggle formatting tag display.

trados_studio_view_options

Press it:

sample_with_tags

As you can see, the source text in this sample does contain multiple tags, but they are missing in your translation. You simply did not see them, because they were hidden due to the incorrect toggle position.

Now you see them and you can restore them in your translation:

sample_with_correct_tags

All tag mismatches disappeared!

So, it makes sense to show tags always when you perform translation or review in Trados Studio. By the way, you can adjust the way of tag appearance by pressing the other buttons on the same sections. 

No tag text (only symbols of a tag are shown; you can identify whether it is opening or closing as well):

no_tag_text

Partial tag text (you can identify a type of a tag, but you do not see the entire tag text):

partial_tag_text

Full tag text (you see the entire tag text):

full_tag_text

Tag Id (all tags are numbered):

tag_id

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We recommend you to use toggle on + Partial tag text combination.

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