Document import options

To add documents to a project, you can simply throw documents at it. 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. That's when you get the Document import options dialog.

Here are a some reasons to use Import with options rather than just importing the documents:

  • There's a specialized filter configuration for the documents you are importing.
  • You want to set up a specialized filter configuration for the documents.
  • You want to check and control the update of bilingual documents in your project.
  • You want to import the embedded images from a document.
  • You want memoQ to import the documents without the preview.

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 the Open button.
  5. The Document import options window appears.





Document import options in a bilingual project


Document import options in a multilingual project

What can you do?

Don't clear the Record version history check box: memoQ keeps track of the history of each document. To do that, it stores extra information in the documents. You need this to view the documents with track changes, or to review changes that a reviewer made. If you switch this off, it saves some space on your computer. But on the whole, turning off version history isn't a good idea.

When you finish

To import, reimport, or update the documents with the settings you chose: Click the OK button. memoQ returns to the Translations pane. (Project managers click here.)

To return to the Translations pane, and not import the documents: Click the Cancel button. (Project managers click here.)