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Customising menus

You can re-assign new shortcuts (such as Alt+F3, Ctrl+O) to the menu items which are used in the various Tools.


And all grids of data have a "popup menu" which appears when you click the right button of your mouse.

To customise this, in the main WordSmith Controller program, choose Adjust Settings | Advanced | Menus.


customising popup menu


You will see a list of menu options at the left, and can add to (or remove from) the list on the right by selecting one on the left and pressing the buttons in the middle, or by dragging it to the right. To re-order the choices, press the up or down arrow. In the screenshot I've added "Concordance" as I usually want to generate concordances from word-lists and key word lists.


Whatever is in your popup menu will also appear in the Toolbar.


Below, you see a list of Shortcuts, with Ctrl+M selected. To change a shortcut, first select the item you want to be affected (Play Media file is selected in the Customised menus list) and then double-click the shortcut, such as Ctrl+Q. Or drag the shortcut up to the Customised menu list.


To save the choices permanently, see Saving Defaults.



Logging is useful if you are getting strange results and wish to see details of how they were obtained. If this is enabled, WordSmith will save some idea of how your results are progressing in the log-file, which you see in the Adjust Settings | Advanced | Logging tab of the Controller.

Here you can optionally switch on or off logging and choose an appropriate file-name. If you switch it on at any time you will get a chance to clear the previous log-file.



Here we see the current log, of a concordance process. The search was for BECAUSE, Because and because (a case insensitive search). After some pre-processing of the text file, you can see a record of each of the hits found, its context, and where exactly in the text file it was found. (C) means it was generated by Concord.


If you want to log as WordSmith starts up, start in from the command line with the parameter /log:

Start | Run | Cmd <Enter> | cd\wsmith5 <Enter> | wordsmith /log <Enter>


See also: emailed error reports.


User .dll


If you have a DLL which you want to use to intercept WordSmith's results, you can choose it here. The one this user is choosing, WordSmithCustomDLL.dll, is supplied with your installation and can be used when you wish. If "Filter in Concord" is checked, this .dll will append all concordance lines found in plain text to a file called Concord_user_dll_concordance_lines.txt in your \wsmith5 folder, if there is space on the hard disk.



Language Input

Deadkeys are used to help type accented characters with some keyboards. The language input tab lets you alter the deadkeys to suit your keyboard and if necessary force WordSmith to use the keyboard layout of your choice whenever WordSmith starts up.


Here the user's Windows has four keyboard layouts installed. To type in Maori, you might choose to select Maori, and change a couple of  deadkeys. At present, as the list shows, pressing ` then A gives À, but users of Maori usually prefer that combination to give Ā.

To change these settings,

1. select the line


2. edit the box below:

kb_character_change(you can drag the character you need from the character window)

then press Change. When you've changed all the characters you want, press Save. If you want WordSmith to force the keyboard to Maori too every time it starts (this will probably be necessary if it is not a New Zealand computer) then check the always use selected keyboard box.


Text Conversion


If your text files happen to contain UTF-8 text files, WordSmith will notice and may offer to convert them on the spot using the options below.





See also : menu and button options.

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