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Popup windows (in case you didn’t know about them)

zkanji doesn’t yet(?) have documentation anywhere, so I’m sure most people don’t know about so many features it offers. One of the best features of the program is the popup dictionary and popup kanji list, which let you look up something fast and hopefully efficiently, then go back to something else in an instant. (I’m the author so this might sound like self-praise, but here it is anyway.)

Popup dictionary and popup kanji list

(The windows’ border looks a bit different in the currently released latest version, because I’ve changed it since, but that’s all.)

You can access the popup windows only, if you have zkanji minimized, so if you want to try and have the program open, minimize it now. Once it is minimized you can press:

to open the popup dictionary:
ctrl-alt+j  (Japanese-English)
ctrl-alt+e (English-Japanese)

to open the popup kanji list:
ctrl-alt-k

These are the default keyboard shortcuts but they can be changed or even turned off in the settings / dictionary tab.

Someone bugged me many times about the removal of the multiple windows interface (as opposed to the current docked form, where all 3 window parts (dictionary, kanji list, groups) are on a single window.) The multiple windows won’t come back. Ever. But you have the popup ones that do the work much better when you need separate windows. So please stop sending me messages about it.

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  1. Nelson
    April 8, 2012 at 6:53 am

    É realmente lamentável que, por falta do que escrever ou por falta de alguma novidade significativa para o ZKanji, este blog seja usado para esse tipo de postagem desdenhosa…
    O silêncio, muitas vezes, soa melhor do que as palavras, e muita coisa que se fala não traz proveito.

    • April 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

      (Could someone please translate this to Portuguese for Nelson? I’m not sure about the correctness of Google Translate)

      Nelson, this is a project I do for fun. Unless you pay me a normal wage to do zkanji full time, I decide when and how to work on the program and write this blog. From now on I will ignore or just delete complaints about the lack of activity. Only write if you have something else to say.

  2. ksu
    April 8, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Many thanks for your hard work.
    Are the shortcut key for new word window in the program? I can’t find it ;_;

    • April 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

      I mentioned this in the post. Open settings (ctrl+i). Go to “dictionary” tab. You will find the key settings to the far right.

      You have to minimize zkanji to use the shortcuts.

      • ksu
        April 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

        There’s shortcuts for pop-up dictionary. But if I want to open the window to add a new word, I can only choose from the menu Word results->New word.., but I can not call it the window using hotkeys. This command probably has not a shortcut?~

    • April 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Generally when you add a new word, its English equivalent is already in the English dictionary. In that case double click on the word in the English dictionary (like when you add a word to a group). Set the destination dictionary to the one you want to add a word to and specify your own meaning to the word. This way most details of the word will be copied correctly.
      Do this as many times for the same word as there are separate meanings.

      The “New word…” menu item doesn’t have a shortcut, because it shouldn’t be a common action to take. Use the method described above as much as possible to have correct details copied to the new word.

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