Drag and Drop feature in MemoQ, what a nice surprise
Thread poster: Chunyi Chen

Chunyi Chen
United States
Local time: 13:00
English to Chinese
Jan 24, 2012

Dear MemoQ users,

You may have been aware of this feature all along, but I just found out today that I can actually drag and drop text (including tags) from the source side to the target side, and I can even move the cropped text to a different target segment location! How convenient this feature is. I don't know when this feature was introduced in MemoQ. I suspect that it is fairly new, as until recently I was still using a few key combinations in several steps to achieve this. Now I can simply highlight any portion of the source text and move it to the target side. I am really excited about this feature, be it new or old (for me it's new:), and I would like to share it with those of you who are not aware of it yet.
MemoQ, in my opinion, is full of treasures.

Chun-yi

[Edited at 2012-01-24 07:00 GMT]


 

Kelly Venz  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:00
Member (2010)
French to English
Fantastic! Jan 24, 2012

Thanks for pointing this out Chun-yi! Will keep it in mind next time I have a text full of tags!

 

Epameinondas Soufleros  Identity Verified
Greece
Local time: 23:00
Member (2008)
English to Greek
+ ...
Alternative, keyboard-only method Jan 24, 2012

Hello Chun-yi. Here's what I do, which doesn't require to lift your hands off the keyboard to grab the mouse:

Situation

You're typing your translation into a target cell and want to copy something over from the source cell.

Steps
  1. Hit the Tab key on your keyboard.

  2. Move to the start of the one-/multi-word expression you want to copy over (to move faster, you can hit Ctrl+Right arrow on your keyboard, so that you move one word at a time, not one letter at a time)

  3. Hit Ctrl+Shift and, with them still pressed, hit the Right arrow until you make your selection

  4. Hit Ctrl+Shift+T to copy your selection over to the target cell



It may sound a little complex at first, but once you do it a few times it becomes automatic and I think you will like the fact that you won't have to reach for the mouse any more.

[Edited at 2012-01-24 10:03 GMT]

[Edited at 2012-01-25 10:01 GMT]


 

Chunyi Chen
United States
Local time: 13:00
English to Chinese
TOPIC STARTER
Thank you for the alternative, but I like the mouse way better:) Jan 24, 2012

Hi Epameinondas,

I tried the alternative you suggested, and after trying I think I like the mouse way better because it is more straight forward. I don't mind letting my right hand leave the cozy keyboard and get some fresh air from time to time:)
One last note: upon trying, it seems I didn't need Step 5. When I press Ctrl+Shift+T, it automatically brings me to the target side right after the copied text.
Thank you again for sharing your alternative. I am sure this would work better for some other translators. And I also learned something about using Tab, which I did not know.

Chun-yi

Epameinondas Soufleros wrote:

Hello Chun-yi. Here's what I do, which doesn't require to lift your hands off the keyboard to grab the mouse:

Situation

You're typing your translation into a target cell and want to copy something over from the source cell.

Steps
  1. Hit the Tab key on your keyboard.

  2. Move to the start of the one-/multi-word expression you want to copy over (to move faster, you can hit Ctrl+Right arrow on your keyboard, so that you move one word at a time, not one letter at a time)

  3. Hit Ctrl+Shift and, with them still pressed, hit the Right arrow until you make your selection

  4. Hit Ctrl+Shift+T to copy your selection over to the target cell

  5. Hit Tab to return to the target cell and resume your job



It may sound a little complex at first, but once you do it a few times it becomes automatic and I think you will like the fact that you won't have to reach for the mouse any more.

[Edited at 2012-01-24 10:03 GMT]


 

Cedomir Pusica  Identity Verified
Serbia
Local time: 22:00
Member (2009)
English to Serbian
+ ...
Cool Jan 24, 2012

I have never tried it before, but it does sound great. Thank you for sharing!icon_smile.gif

 

Chunyi Chen
United States
Local time: 13:00
English to Chinese
TOPIC STARTER
I am not sure if it works for previous builds of MemoQ Jan 24, 2012

Hi Cedomir,

Like I said, I discovered this drag and drop thing yesterday, so I don't know whether this feature has already been there in MemoQ previously or it's recently added in the newer (or newest) build. In my original title, I said it's a new feature in "5.0.58", but I removed that version information later as I wasn't sure about it.
Isn't it nice to have the text move freely from the Source to the Target side?

Chun-yi

[Edited at 2012-01-24 17:09 GMT]


 

Profdoc
Local time: 22:00
Swedish to English
Thank you Epameinondas Feb 8, 2012

Your trick will save me a lot of copying and pasting. (I too like to stay on the keyboard.)

 


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