Polyglossum ver.4 (East Asia langusges) Windows XP/Vista/7/8.
Description of the program

See also Polyglossum ver.3.74 (more dictionaries, European languages)
See also Polyglossum dictionaries for Mac OS X
See also Polyglossum dictionaries for Android

I see some word in a program [Notepad, Wordpad, MS Word, FireFox, Opera, Google Chrome, ...] and want to find in dictionary. What should I do?

Mark (highlight) the word you intend to find in dictionary (in most of applications it is enough to doubleckick by left mouse button) and press "HotKey" of Polyglossum. By default Polyglossum's "HotKey" is Alt + 1 (until you redefine it in Polyglossum's options dialogue)
Polyglossum will "pop up" and will automatically search the word marked by you in the active dictionary.

WARNING: in order Polyglossum's "HotKey" to work, Polyglossum should be running at this moment. Don't close Polyglossum after each look into dictionaries, rather minimize it's window (just press "Esc" when Polyglossum's window is active).

What if active dictionary does not contain the word I searching for?

If Polyglossum cannot find word in active dictionary it will show alphabetic list of words (index) of this dictionary. Nearest word will be already highlighted in the index. You can look to translations of another words which are in dictionary index or to search the word in other installed dictionaries.

Polyglossum did not find word in active dictionary. How to search for it in other dictionaries?

If you want to search this word in particular dictionary lust switch to this dictionary. Press button on the upper left conner of Polyglossum's window and select the dictionary. Program will search in new dictionary for the word which is already in input field.

If you rather want to search for the word across all the dictionaries, just press button right from word input field. Polyglossum will search trough all available dictionaries for the word which is already in input field.

If program search in all dictionaries, what is the order of dictionaries during the searching? Can I change this order?

Order in which program search for the word is the same as order of dictionaries in dictionary list viewed on pressing button. When you see this list you can move dictionaries in this list (and so change priority of dictionary in searching through all the dictionaries). Press right mouse button on any dictionary. PopUp menu will appear which allow to do this.

Hint: move most often used dictionaries to top of list of dictionaries.

What will program show for me when it find the word?

Polyglossum shows all lines of dictionary (or dictionaries) where given word is present. First program shows lines where this word is separate term with translation. Then program add to report lines where the word is part of multiword term or phrase.

Program also shows titles of dictionary entries which contain lines found. If entry contains more than one line it is shown as hyperlink to the entry. Links are shown as in internet browser. Use these links to view entire entry of dictionary. Buttons also are links to jump into entries. Difference is that when you use these buttons long entries automatically scrolled to keep line near the button visible.
After looking into the entry you can return back to result of word search pressing button .

I see result of search for one word and now want to search for another word. How to do this faster?

There are some variants to do this.

1) If you want to search for word which is in alphabetical list not so far from the word which is already found, make alphabetic list of words active (as you usually do with pull-down comboboxes or press on keyboard one of Left or Right keys) If cursor is already in word input field, rather press Up or Down. Use mouse or keys Up, Down, PgUP, PgDown to scroll alphabetical list of words. Press Enter to show result of searching for the word highlighted in alphabetical list or click on this word by left mouse button.

2) It is also possible to type word to be sought for. Just switch keyboard layout to appropriate language and begin to type. When you switch keyboard layout program will automatically switch to corresponding index of dictionary. And when you begin typing program will automatically activate word input field and automatically show index (alphabetical list of words). When you typing program automatically scroll index to nearest word in index.

The word which is nearest to typed fragment of word highlighted in alphabetical list. If required word is already highlighted in index, just press Enter. You can also select word in index by mouse. Use mouse or Up, Down, PgUP, PgDown keys to scroll the index. If you see that index of active dictionary doesn't contain required word, switch to another dictionary or (after word is typed) press button to search in all available dictionaries.

3) If the word which you want to browse for is already in text of dictionary shown by program, highlight this word in Polyglossum by mouse (for example doubleclick on it) and press right mouse button. PopUp menu will appear and allow to search for this word in active dictionary or trough all dictionaries or to open new Polyglossum's window and show result of search in this new window.

HINT: program can show result of ANY search operation in the same window or in new window. To view result of search in new window hold Ctrl key pressed (for example when selecting word in alphabetical list, when select dictionary to switch to etc.)

I searched for one word then for another and now want to search for first word again. How to do this faster?

Button returns to results of previous search operation (like "back" button in internet browser) Correspondingly button do opposite operation.
If to hold Ctrl key when pressing to one of these buttons, result will be shown in new window.

If several of Polyglossum's windows opened, what window is "main"?

All of Polyglossum's windows are identical and independent on others (again, like windows of internet browsers). But there are a few exeptions:

I opened several windows of Polyglossum. How to close wasted windows?

Polyglossum's window can be closed the same way as window of any other application (via window menu, Alt + F4 keys etc.) In addition, if to press Esc in Polyglossum, this close it's window (but last window as described above)

Hint: usually using of several windows of Polyglossum is helpful only if you want to see results of searching for different words simultaneously.

What is "typical scenario" of dictionary using?

There are several "typical scenarios" depending on purpose of call to dictionary.

1) If you reading/translating text and want to look to dictionary for some word. Highlight this word by left mouse button doubleclick and press HotKey of Polyglossum. Default hot key of Polyglossum is Alt+1 - for convenience to press this key combination by left hand while right hand is on mouse. If you keep mouse in left hand, redefine "hotkey" of Polyglossum it to be convenient for right hand.

Ok. At this moment Polyglossum pop up and search for the word. If information found is not enough, press button to search in all dictionaries or press button to switch to another dictionary.

If line found is part of long dictionary entry, it is possible to see full entry pressing link (head of entry) or button left side of the line. In last case long entries automatically scrolled to keep the line near button visible.

When dictionary gives several variants of translation, it is useful to check (some of) these by "backward translation" to minimize risk of nonintentional "play on words" in your translation to foreign language. Highlight translation by left mouse button dobleclick and press right mouse button. In popup menu choose "find in dictionary" or "find in all dictionaries" or analogous items to search result of operation in new window. If you searched for backward translation in the same window it is possible to return pressing button. If you searched for it with opening of new window, press Esc to close this new window.

When appropriate variant of translation found, it is possible to copy it to clipboard to insert it to another application.

In order to return from Polyglossum to program where you working (reading/translating) press Esc key or minimize it's window by one of standard windows method or just click on application you want to switch to.

2) You compose text in foreign language and want to find appropriate foreign word using dictionary. Open Polyglossum. For example click on it's icon on taskbar or press Polyglossum's "hotkey" (no matter what word will be found in dictionary at this moment). Switch keyboard to your language and type word which you want to translate to foreign language. When you switch keyboard layout program will automatically switch to corresponding index of dictionary. And when you begin typing program will automatically activate word input field and automatically show index (alphabetical list of words). When you typing program automatically scroll index to nearest word in index.
Further operations in this scenario are described above.

Probably you will also find your own optimal scenarios of using Polyglossum depending on purposes you use dictionaries.