Chapter 1 : Introduction to WinDi Translation Help and WinDi Menu concepts.

1.1. How to gain access to WinDi Translation Help.

WinDi Translation Help is accessed from the Windows Program Manager or from the WinDi Menu (see next chapter).

In the Program Manager/Windows Explorer, just click on the WinDi icon located in the WinDi Translation Help group of programs.

When loading itself in the memory, the program positions itself where you left it the last time you used it (at the first use, it positions itself in the middle of the screen).

1.2. How to leave a WinDi application.

There are three ways to leave the WinDi applications :

- Click with the left button of the mouse on the 'door' icon to keep the WinDi application in RAM for instant access at a later time. WinDi is then minimized, but remains an active task in Windows.

- Click anywhere on the screen, outside the WinDi window, to get the same result.

- Click with the right button of the mouse on the 'door' icon in order to completely unload WinDi from the RAM of your PC. Please note that if you loaded different WinDi applications and you want to get more memory for other applications, you have to repeat this operation for each open WinDi application.

1.3. How to use the WinDi Menu.

By clicking on the 'WinDi Menu' icon available in the Windows menu bar, you gain access to the WinDi Menu, from which you have instant access to all WinDi applications. Please refer to the following screen :

WinDi is very easy to use thanks to this menu...
Each of these icons gives you access to one of the available tools:

WinDi - Menu



WinDi Browser/Understanding Help


Pronunciation of words / texts

Dictionary / Grammar / Conjugation

Conjugation only

Interactive Sentence Translation

Translation Project Manager




Electronic manual and Setup

Click on these icons to call (from top to bottom) : WinDi Browser, WTH Double Editor, Voice for WinDi, WinDi Dictionary, WinDi Conjugation, WinDi Direct Translation, Translation Project Manager, Electronic Manual and Setup (please note, Setup allows you to select the user interface language, the selection is represented by the icon below 'S').

The Menu allows you to select the source and target languages used in all modules.

To quit this Menu, just click on the door.

Language Selection

Source and Target languages : this option allows you to select the source and target languages used in all WinDi applications: Dictionary, Double Editor, Conjugation (source language only), Direct Translation, Browser. You always can select another source and/or target language inside the applications.

Setup : selection of the user interface language.

This screen allows you to select the language of the user interface among the 7 supported languages, and this for all WinDi applications at once. You will be asked to choose your dialog language at the time of the installation of WinDi. Click on one of the language buttons, and then click on the door to leave this menu. If you want to modify the user interface language after the installation, please note that after having modified the user interface language, you have to reload the WinDi application(s) you were working in, otherwise the modification won't be effective and the language you had previously chosen will remain selected. By default, the user interface language is English. In each WinDi application, the user interface language is represented by a grey language icon, as in the WinDi Menu.

How to quit the WinDi Menu: door icon.

If you wish to quit this application, click on the door icon. If you click on it with the left button of the mouse, you minimize the WinDi Menu.

How to access all other WinDi applications.

All icons at the right of this window access each of the different WinDi applications as the dictionary, the conjugation, etc. The next section provides an in-depth explanation of the WinDi Translation Help module.

WinDi Translation Help Double Editor icon (See also Chap. 3).

Select a text or a word, and put it into the clipboard through the 'Edit-Copy' menu, or CTRL+C, or CTRL+INSERT. Then open the WinDi Menu and click on the Double Editor icon to have your text or word 'compiled' (please refer to Chap. 3). If you haven't selected anything, you will get a blank double editor, wherein you can paste or directly write a text.

Here is how you can paste your translation into another application :

- In the WTH Double Editor, you must write the translation in the 'Translation' editor (bottom editor) as explained in Chap. 3. Please note that if there is nothing in the 'Translation' editor, the text pasted into your application will be the last text that had been written in that editor, this function is very useful as an automatic back-up of previous translations (see "How to retrieve the last translation" below).

- Quit WTH Double Editor by clicking in the square box at the upper right corner of the screen with the left button of the mouse (usual process used to quit any other Windows application).

- When coming back into your application, put the cursor where you want to paste your translation. Then, open the 'Edit' menu (Paste function), or CTRL+V, or SHIFT+INSERT, to paste the translation in your application. In most Windows applications, you can click in your text with the right button of the mouse to make the 'Edit' menu appear.

1.3.1. How to retrieve the last translation.

You have two possible ways to call WTH Double Editor, the first one being explained in the above paragraph. The second one is approximately the same, but without having selected any text in your application. In this case, when calling the WTH Double Editor from the WinDi Menu, it appears with the last source text and translation on screen. This function can be used as a reminder, but it was developed as an automatic back-up to retrieve your work. If you call the WTH Double Editor without having selected anything, you can modify your last translation by the usual process explained here above.

When quitting WTH Double Editor, your translation is automatically pasted into the clipboard. If you lose the contents of the clipboard (for instance by opening other applications using the clipboard), just return to the application from which you started a translation using the WTH Double Editor. Do not select any text and immediately click on the 'purple books' icon giving you access to the WTH Double Editor icon. The application will appear with your last translation on screen. If you have no modifications for the text, immediately quit WinDi and continue as explained in the first paragraph if you want to paste your translation. Important note: if you open WTH Double Editor after selecting your text, and you don't write anything in the 'Translation' editor (bottom editor), when you quit the application the new translation project is not saved. This preserves the back-up function of the program.

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