Editing text

Asian language input

Asian languages can directly be entered with the Microsoft IME on Western Windows 95/98/ME/NT/200/XP.
Please check the links section of the MindDate site for more information about installing the correct IME for your language and your Windows version.

Japanese kana can be entered without Microsoft Windows IME.
If the IME is not installed on your system, you can still enter Japanese hiragana and kantakana characters. To toggle between rooma-ji mode and the built-in kana-mode, either press F2 or Ctrl+SPACE, or click on the toolbar icon for rooma-ji and for hiragana input mode. In kana-mode, the caps lock key on the keyboard determines whether hiragana or katakana characters are inserted.

Japanese kanji can be entered without Microsoft Windows IME.
If the IME is not installed on your system, you can enter Japanese kanji by converting the selected text to the corresponding kanji by pressing F5 . The selected text can be hiragana, katakana or even english text, the candidate list includes results all dictionary exact matches. For this conversion, kanjidic as well as all currently selected EDICT files are consulted. For information about installing dictionary files, please refer to the Dictionary Configuration section.

Mandarin pinyin characters can be directly entered without Mandarin IME.
Combinations of vowels and tone numbers are automatically converted into the appropriate pinyin character during typing. For accentuated characters (e.g. ü), use the colon (u1:) or the v character (v1) . Make sure that a font with the script CHINESE_GB2312 is used, and that the Mandarin IME is disabled for entering pinyin.

Other edit control specific issues

The edit context menu is opened with a right mouseclick on the edit control.
Most of the actions described in this section can be started with this menu. If applicable, the shortcuts are listed along with the command in the context menu.


To insert a linefeed, Ctrl+RETURN must be pressed in some contexts.
This applies to all situations where the RETURN key has the special function to to finish the edit action as a whole and to launch the default action. In the dictionary tool dialog for example the RETURN key starts the query, linefeeds can be entered with Ctrl+RETURN.

Selected text can be used to start a new query.
The following actions are possible with the selected text:
F6 Opens the Dictionary tool dialog and runs a query with the selected text.
F7 Opens the SelectKanji tool dialog and runs a query with the selected text.
F8 Opens the KanjiInfo tool dialog and shows the details of the kanji included in the selected text.