In the Document import settings window, you fine-tune the settings that control how memoQ imports a document. These settings are different for each document type.

To add documents to a project, you can simply throw documents at the Translations list. Then memoQ imports them with the default settings, which don't always produce the results you expect. For some document types (such as plain text or XML), the default settings don't even make sense most of the time.

To import a document, memoQ must know how to do it. For that, it needs a filter configuration. A filter configuration tells memoQ how to read - import - a document that needs to be translated. When memoQ imports a document, it gets the text out of it, and stores the formatting (and everything else that doesn't need to be translated) in a safe place. The part that is not the text is called a skeleton.

When you need to import documents with customized settings, use the Import with options command. Then, in the Document import options window, click to change the filter configuration. This will take you to the Document import settings window.

Translation preview does not work for all document formats: You will get a preview if you import Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML, XML (through XSLT style sheets, too), WPML XLIFF, multilingual Excel, text, and XML, and - through Language Terminal - InDesign documents.

How to get here

1.Open a local project. In Project home, choose Translations.

2.In the Documents ribbon, click the down arrow below the Import icon.


3.From the menu, choose Import with options.

4.An Open window appears. Find and select the documents you want to import. Click Open.

5.The Document import options window appears.

6.Select the documents where you want to change the settings. At the bottom, click Change filter and configuration.

To change the settings for all documents: Don't select documents. At the bottom, click Change filter and configuration for all.

7.The Document import settings window appears.


Choose a filter and a filter configuration


Import documents in an online project


Reimport documents

The Document import settings window is different for each document type. This screenshot is just an example.


What can you do?

Select a document filter and its configuration

Chaining filters: Running another filter after the first one during import

Changing the settings for the document type

Document types

The document import settings are different for each document type. Click the name of the filter to learn more about its settings.

Adobe InDesign documents (INX)

Adobe InDesign Markup Language documents (IDML)

Adobe FrameMaker documents (MIF) (Click here for the settings of the previous MIF version.)

Adobe Photoshop (PSD)

Bilingual DOC/RTF files

HTML documents (Hypertext Markup Language)

Java properties files (.properties)

JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)

Microsoft Excel workbooks and templates (XLS and XLT)

Microsoft Excel 2007/2010/2013 (XLSX) workbooks

Microsoft Powerpoint presentations (PPT and PPS)

Microsoft Powerpoint 2007 presentations (PPTX)

Microsoft Word documents (DOC and RTF)

Microsoft Office Word 2007 documents (DOCX)

Multilingual tables (spreadsheets, Excel workbooks) and delimited text files (CSV)

OpenDocument format filter (OpenOffice Write) documents (ODT)

PDF files (Portable Document Format)

PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP)

Plain text files (TXT)

PO Gettext files

Regex tagger (no specific file extension; always use this after another filter), see also Regular expressions

Regex text filter (no specific file extension; for generic regex-based processing of structured plain-text files)

.NET Resource files (XML)

SDL Trados TagEditor (TTX)


Translation Memory Exchange (TMX) as document

XLIFF files (XML Localization Interchange File Format)

WordPress files (WPML XLIFF)

XML files (eXtensible Markup Language)

YAML Ain't a Markup Language (YAML)

AuthorIT projects (*.xml): no extra settings

DITA documents (*.dita): no extra settings

Excel 2003 XML spreadsheets (*.xml): no extra settings

FreeMind mindmaps (*.mm): no extra settings

Microsoft Visio charts (*.vdx): no extra settings

Microsoft Help Workshop files (*.hhc, *.hhk): no extra settings

Scalable Vector Graphics drawings (*.svg): no extra settings

Typo3 pages (*.xml): no extra settings

QuarkXpress (*.tag, *.qsc): no extra settings

Note: QuarkXpress is only supported when you use a QuarkXpress Plugin for QuarkXpress to extract the translatable content. memoQ supports the QSC format from Quark Story Collector (an extension for older Quark versions that came with Trados), and the TAG format from CopyFlow Gold by Napsys ( Codesco has an ex-Translation filter, that will export and reimport directly in XLIFF  for QuarkXpress version 7x, 8x and 9x (

For Adobe Illustrator files: Check the Knowlege Base article here.

When you finish

To confirm the settings, and return to the Document import options window: Click OK.

To return the Document import options window, and not change the filter settings: Click Cancel.

In the Document import options window: Click OK again to start importing the documents.