Layout & Hotkeys
The Layout & Hotkeys tab lets you define a few settings related to
appearance and behavior that are preserved across different ApSIC Xbench
The fields in this window are:
Maximize on Startup. If you check this box, ApSIC Xbench will
appear maximized when it is launched. It is recommended to check this
box, as the maximized mode is the one that provides the maximum amount
of information at the same time.
Internet Hotkeys / Open in default browser. When checked, it opens in
your default browser the Internet query associated to the hotkey (for
example, Ctrl+Alt+1 or Ctrl+Alt+2), instead of opening it in ApSIC Xbench
embedded browser. For example, if you have the first configured entry of
defined Internet links pointing to Google, you can use this feature to search
the marked text directly in Google just by pressing Ctrl+Alt+1.
The following settings belong to the Hotkeys group.
- Disable. This check box lets you disable the system-wide key combinations
featured by ApSIC Xbench. It is recommended to leave this box unchecked as one
of the most valuable features of ApSIC Xbench is the capability to search
directly from any Windows application.
- Source Hotkey. This is the hotkey defined to trigger a search of the
clipboard contents in the source text. By default it is Ctrl+Alt+Insert.
- Target Hotkey. This is the hotkey defined to trigger a reverse search
of the clipboard contents in the target text. By default it is
It is recommended not to change the above hotkey settings unless they clash
with the values in another application.
ApSIC Xbench uses the clipboard as a transfer mechanism between the different
Windows applications and ApSIC Xbench. The behavior for the transfer is defined
in the Transfer Method group. Normally the most convenient and consistent
transfer method is to leave the default options Manual Copy and Manual
Paste, but in some scenarios (for example with applications that do not
feature standard copy and paste keystrokes), you may have to change these
settings to get the most out of ApSIC Xbench.
The options available as a transfer method for Input are:
- Copy Message. When you press Ctrl+Alt+Insert, ApSIC Xbench sends a
COPY message to the application to copy the selected text into the clipboard
and then performs a search using the contents of the clipboard. A limited
number of applications support this technique, but it has the advantage of
avoiding the need for copying manually the text into the clipboard (normally
- Manual Copy. In this mode, ApSIC Xbench expects that the user has already
copied the text to search in the clipboard. It sounds more tedious, but it
has the advantage that many applications support the Ctrl+Insert key
combination for copying text, which means that you feel a more consistent
behavior across applications. On the downside, if the editing application has
a slow response time, you may go too fast with the combination
Ctrl+Insert, Crl+Alt+Insert for the application.
- Keyboard Emulation (Ctrl+Insert). In this mode, ApSIC Xbench sends the
Ctrl+Insert keystroke to the editing application and then performs the
search. This way the user needs not to type Ctrl+Insert manually prior to
the search. Some applications may not support this input method.
- Keyboard Emulation (Ctrl+C). In this mode, ApSIC Xbench sends the
Ctrl+C keystroke to the editing application and then performs the
search. This way the user needs not to type Ctrl+C manually prior to the
search. Some applications may not support this input method.
The options available as a transfer method for Output are:
- Paste Message. When you press Enter to select a translation, ApSIC
Xbench sends a PASTE message to the application to paste the translation.
A limited number of applications support this technique, but it has the
advantage of avoiding the need for pasting manually the text into the
clipboard (normally with Shift+Insert).
- Manual Paste. In this mode, ApSIC Xbench copies the target text of the
selected entry into the clipboard if you press Enter to select a
translation. The user is expected to press Shift+Insert (or the
corresponding key combination for pasting text in the application) to complete
the copy and paste operation. This is the default and recommended mode for
consistency reasons across applications.
- Keyboard Emulation. In this mode, ApSIC Xbench sends the target text as
keystrokes to the editing application when you select an entry in the search
results and press Enter.
- Keyboard Emulation (Ctrl+V). In this mode, ApSIC Xbench sends the target
text by simulating the Ctrl+V keystroke to the editing application when
you select an entry in the search results and press Enter.