Today, I'd like to tell you about an application that does this. From ANY Windows application, be it Word, a text editor or a spreadsheet, just press the Alt key and click your left mouse button. For instance, I just clicked on "spreadsheet" in this sentence and here's what I got:
1. You get the definition of the word and its pronunciation by clicking the speaker icon
2. If you click translations, you get the translation in more than 10 languages. You can set the languages for which you need the translation too. If you set your preferences to Asian languages and here is the resulting screen:
Download 1-Click Answers and install it. You can also change the hot key (Alt + left mouse click) to activate your browser from the Options menu. The requirements for running this application are:
- Windows 2000, XP, or Vista. The installer is a 1.3 MB download that takes up about 3 MB when fully installed.
- Tested for compatibility with all supported release versions of IE, Firefox and Opera browsers. (IE 6 & 7, Firefox 1.5 & 2, Opera 8 & 9).
The references accessed by the application includes not only the following but more, according to its website:
"Reference content from publishers such as Houghton Mifflin, Columbia University Press, Thomson Gale, Britannica, Barron's, Computer Desktop Encyclopedia, MarketWatch, Investopedia, All Media Guide, Who2, AccuWeather and eSpindle."
The references are fairly impressive. I tried "dosa" a dish well known in the southern part of India and was pleasantly surprised to find its photo too. How about some highly technical words such as metacentric height? Here are the results -- impressive!