Ctrl+Alt+Down Arrow makes screen flip upside down
Thread poster: Ann Bishop

Ann Bishop  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:18
Dutch to English
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Dec 20, 2006

I've just started working with Wordfast for a very large project.

I'm using a Dell laptop ( with Windows XP) and I have the feeling shortcuts are different than on a regular desktop because when I press Ctrl+Alt+down arrow, my screen flips upside down...I was able to reverse this, but it wasn't what I was expecting...

How do I get the blue highlighted source words to provide a translation in the target segment (the source words that come up are part of the glossary).

I'm so new to this, that I'd appreciate any help and tips.

Thanks in advance,

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Milan Condak  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:18
English to Czech
Go to Control Panel Dec 20, 2006

Ann Bishop wrote:

I've just started working with Wordfast for a very large project.

I'm using a Dell laptop ( with Windows XP) .....

Thanks in advance,

I made yesterday short demo from Q and A in Yahoo Group:


Disable or change Hot keys in other applications or drivers



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Textklick  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:18
German to English
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Curiosity killed the CAT Dec 20, 2006

I tried this out of idle curiosity.

Now my left-hand monitor keeps flickering from left to right and my cursor becomes paralysed if I try to send it there.

How to undo?

Advice appreciated!!!!

Chris in panic mode (from r.h. monitor)

P.S. Sorted now - Pivot software (good for viewing some CAT files) didn't like what I did.

[Edited at 2006-12-20 23:09]

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John Jory  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:18
Member (2004)
English to German
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Hijacker Dec 20, 2006

Hi Ann,

Wordfast 'hijacks' some of the standard Windows shortcuts for its own purposes. Normally, I prefer the shortcuts, as they are much faster than using the mouse.

Here's an extract from the manual (you should take time to read it):
"You can select blue-highlighted terms with the Crl+Alt+left/right shortcuts and see their translation in the status bar, or copy their translation at insertion point in the target segment with Ctrl+Alt+down. If you place the cursor on a blue-highlighted term and press Ctrl+Alt+G, the glossary drop-down list will open and show the glossary entry."

However, with Wordfast, I have changed to using the mouse and the toolbar. I use the glossary simply to check for consistency. If necessary, I enter the translated term into the target manually.

HTH John

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