There's something in software or websites that is called a "how-to" section, it is like a frequently asked questions (faq) section but with a content closer to be a tutorial of how to do something in particular, or various things.

For example, on the right of stack overflow when you create a question and click on the tags section to add your tags there's a frame with title "how to tag".

I wish to translate that short expression (how to, not how to tag :-)) in castellano, keeping if possible its convenient shortness (the context is that I'm myself adding a "how to" section to my website menu and I need to translate it to castellano.)

  • how-to for what field? How to tag is: Instrucciones para etiquetas There is the noun how-to and there are phrases: how to [rest of phrase]. What is the topic of your website??
    – Lambie
    Jul 4, 2020 at 15:56

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The obvious translation would be "Cómo + <infinitive>", and a quick search at Amazon, for 'how to' books in Spanish shows this seems to be correct way:

The Linux Documentation Project in Spanish, refers to HOWTOs as CÓMOs. Although, even in English, TLDP's use of 'HOWTO' is a bit special. They use 'How to' as a noun, as in "The Networking HOWTO" or the "DVD HOWTO". But I suspect that may be what you're looking for.

  • yes but this is not really computer specific is it? I'm going to find multi-lingual websites that have a how-to section to see how they would translate it.
    – Sebas
    Apr 4, 2013 at 22:15
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    "How to" is not a computer-specific term/concept.
    – Flimzy
    Apr 4, 2013 at 22:19
  • yes you're right, but how to define it then? You see in all other contexts there's not only "how-to". There's "how to + blah blah blah". You think I could use in my website the title "cómo"? It sounds so direct translation to me...
    – Sebas
    Apr 4, 2013 at 22:21

Since there is not an acceptable literal translation, I would opt for a similar concept, like:

Instrucciones (instructions)

Guías (guides)

Paso a Paso (step by step)


De acuerdo con http://www.wordreference.com/es/translation.asp?tranword=how-to



De acuerdo con http://www.linguee.es/espanol-ingles/search?source=auto&query=how-to+manual

guía práctica

Según mi personal punto de vista:


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