Monday, September 22, 2008

Tips for quick searches and using Run commands

1. Quickly get definitions

Would you like to get a definition of a term quickly? This quick grab of a definition works in Firefox 3.0. Say you need the definition of "allopathy." Here's what you do:

1) Hit Ctrl + L when Firefox is open (this selects the URL in the address bar)

2) Type and hit Enter.

Here's what you get:


2. Quickly get English equivalents of Japanese terms from online references

If you have already registered your favorite bilingual database such as Glova in a an earlier article Lightning search of an online database, you should see a blue icon with white lens on the right hand side of the Firefox screen like so:


Well, you are all set to hit a few keys and search for Japanese terms too!

Here's what you do:

1) Hit Ctrl + K (shifts the focus on the search bar)

2) Paste or enter the Japanese term you wish to search and hit Enter.

That's it! Here are the results for 変換:


3. Useful run commands

As a translator, you need to use the keyboard more to reduce wear and tear of your wrist. I find run commands useful and use them whenever I can. You'll find huge lists of 156, 164, 178 and so on, run commands on the Net - but nobody in his right mind would remember or use such a lot of commands. I give here some of run commands that I find useful and which have saved me a lot of mousing around.

Remember all you need to do is hold down the Win Key, press R, then type in or copy and paste the command from the list below and hit ENTER.

appwiz.cpl Opens the Add and Remove Programs in Control Panel
calc Launches the calculator
charmap Launches character map - you can search for those Greek and mathematical symbols you wish to insert in Word.
clpbrd View the clipboard. Shows you what you have copied to the clipboard using Ctrl C.
cmd Command prompt - from where you can run all kinds of DOS commands
control Opens Control Panel to gives you access to all kinds of settings
control folders Perform folder settings
devmgmt.msc Opens the device manager. The moment you find a yellow exclamation work next to a device here, you know something's wrong!
desk.cpl Perform screen resolution, screen saver and other desktop settings
mrt Checks your system for malicious software
excel Launches Excel
mspaint Launches Paint
powerpnt Launches Powerpoint
winword Launches Word
osk Displays your Onscreen keyboard
regedit Make changes to your Registry - take care
shutdown Shuts down Windows
sysinfo Shows information about your system
taskmgr Shows what applications are running; gives you the option to close down running applications
winver Shows you which version of Windows is running

That's all for today folks. Have a great day!

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