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Thursday, July 10, 2008  

More Than Just a Mouse-Click

Buried in the Preferences of Accordance 8 is a new option which some of you may find helpful. As you know, whenever you select some text and then choose a resource from the Resource palette, that module you choose will automatically be searched for the word you selected. This is a process of rapid searching we call "Amplifying." What you may not have realized is that all you have to do to select a word is merely to click on it with the mouse. As long as the cursor is blinking inside a word, Accordance sees that word as selected.

So let's say you inadvertently click your mouse button while moving the mouse across the screen, and in doing so, you place the cursor inside the name "Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz." You don't even realize that you've got ol' Maher's name selected. Next you decide you want to open a map, so you click the Map button of the Resource palette. To your chagrin, you get an error message telling you that the name you selected cannot be found on the Map. You then have to dismiss the dialog and either deselect the name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz or hold down the control key while clicking the Map button to override the Amplify feature.

Some users responded to this situation by saying, "Look, when I want to look up a word, I usually double-click to select the whole word; I never just click inside it. Can you make it so that Accordance only amplifies when I've made an actual selection?" That seemed like a reasonable enough request. So we did it.

In the General settings of the Preferences, you will now find a checkbox which reads "Require selection for amplifying." Check that box, and Accordance will no longer search for any word in which the cursor happens to be blinking. It will only amplify when you have actually made a selection of text.

Hopefully this little option will make life easier for some of you.

So do we still have to triple-click words to look up information in other resources, or do we need to double-click our words with this option selected?


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