The second workshop will show you some more features of the Uni translator.
Enhanced dictionary lookup
The enhanced dictionary lookup allows you to search the entire Translator dictionary for any terms in a very short time. The "Automatic" search area makes the program vary the search term by adding prefixes and word endings.
- Select the word "text" in WordPad (with only one "t" at the beginning!).
- Activate the Universal translator by clicking its title bar (the line with the text "Universal translator"). Then press Ctrl + W.
- Make sure that the search area "Automatic" is activated. Then click "OK" to start the search.
- As result you get several dictionary entries containing the search term "text" in different contexts. The enhanced dictionary lookup is much more powerful and faster than looking up words and sample sentences in printed dictionaries.
On the left side of the Uni translator you see two combined flags: . These flags show you the language direction of the current dictionary. The above flags represents the English-German dictionary. This means that you can translate English terms, texts, etc. to German.
- Click the (WB-2) button and observe how the flags change.
The two flags exchanged their places. The translation direction has been changed as well, and the German-English dictionary is active. So the "WB-2" button allows you to switch between the dictionaries of a language direction.
- Now click the flags. The "Change dictionary" window appears and displays the installed dictionaries:
- Click the dictionary "engldeut.wt8". The flags under the dictionary list change and the language direction "English => German" is displayed.
- Confirm with "OK". You return to the Uni translator and the flags indicate that the English-German dictionary is active again.
Searching in the dictionary
The first workshop already showed you that it is possible to search in the dictionary for any terms directly in the Uni translator if you try to translate an unknown word.
- Now press "F9" while the Uni translator is active. The dictionary appears and the input cursor is already in the "Search:" text box.
- Type a "t" into the "Search:" text box. Directly after typing the letter, the dictionary opens at the first entry beginning with "t".
- Type "h". The dictionary opens at another position. The dictionary entry "th" is selected.
- Now type "e". Now the "Search:" text box contains the search term "the". The respective dictionary entry is selected and the translations "die", "der", "das" and "den" are visible. The scroll bar allows you to see more translations:
- Now move the mouse pointer over the cross beam which separates the vocables from the translations. The mouse pointer changes to a double arrow pointing up and down.
- Press the left mouse button and hold it down, then move the mouse some centimeters up, approx. to the half of the vocable display.
- Release the mouse button.
As you see, there is more space for the translations than before. The list with the vocables (the upper box) is proportionately smaller. You may change the layout according to your needs; the last setting will be saved automatically and remains valid after closing the program.
Window size and position
- Select the word "this" and translate it by clicking the lightning button in the Uni translator. The translations appear.
- Now move the mouse pointer over the title bar of the Uni translator. Press the left mouse button and hold it down.
- Move the Uni translator window to the upper right corner of the screen:
The Uni translator toolbar can stay at this position without interfering your work with other applications. Otherwise you can minimize it by clicking the left of the three icons in the title bar (the same way as in other Windows applications).
- Now move the mouse pointer to the left border of the Uni translator. The mouse pointer changes to a double arrow pointing left and right.
- Press the left mouse button and hold it down while moving the mouse some centimeters to the left. Then release the mouse button. The Uni translator window has been enlarged:
- Now press "ESC". The window decreases itself and only the icons remain visible.
- Select the word "is" in WordPad and translate it.
The Uni translator window enlarges itself again up to the previously set width. This behaviour is called "Automatically enlarge display width". You may enlarge the window to any size, to be able to see as many of the translation as possible. But the toolbar does not need additional space on the screen if nothing has to be displayed.
Using the keyboard
As you noticed during this workshop, the "F9" key (which calls the "Dictionary", "Quick search" command in the main program) opens the dictionary search. But the Uni translator reacts on some other keys as well. These are:
||Close translation or dictionary display
if nothing is displayed: minimize Universal translator
||Edit dictionary entries
Ctrl + F
||Search for vocable
|Ctrl + E
||Insert translation into another application
|Ctrl + L
||Insert vocable into foreign language tutor
|Ctrl + Alt + L
||Insert vocable into foreign language tutor (without further prompts)
|Ctrl + T
||Translate selected text (lightning button)
|Ctrl + W
||Enhanced dictionary lookup
|Ctrl + 1 ... 9
and Ctrl + 0
||Select first, ..., ninth, tenth translation line
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