SDL Trados Studio TM isn’t updating! My translation memory is empty!

Starting translators and having problems with SDL Trados Studio? This blog post will help you, thanks to Emma Goldsmith.

Signs & Symptoms of Translation

SDL Trados Studio Translation Memory

This post is addressed to new users who have started working on their first file in SDL Trados Studio and find that translated segments aren’t getting sent to their Translation Memory (TM). A segment comes up in the document that is identical to one you have already translated but there are no Translation Results in the top window, no signs of autopropagation and no 100% matches. So how can you solve this problem?

Before we look at some DOs and DON’Ts to troubleshoot the issue, you might like to read my post on How to translate your very first file in SDL Trados Studio.

OK, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

(Black font applies to Studio 2011; green font applies to Studio 2014.)


  1. Make sure you assigned a TM when you opened the document or created the project. Use the add or create buttons to do this.
  2. Confirm…

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