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How To: ImTranslator for Opera

HOW TO DOWNLOAD IMTRANSLATOR?

Download ImTranslator Extension from the Opera extensions catalog.
On the Opera add-ons page, search for ImTranslator.
Click "Add to Opera" button to install the extension.

Run ImTranslator

 

After the installation, ImTranslator button imtranslator-small  appears on the Opera's toolbar and in the right click Context menu.

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Refer to the Tutorial

HOW TO RUN IMTRANSLATOR?

You can run ImTranslator in a number of ways:

  • click "ImTranslator" button  imtranslator-small  on the Opera toolbar
  • use the context menu "ImTranslator: Translator, Dictionary, TTS", then choose ImTranslator
  • use the shortcut keys Ctrl+Alt+Z (default)

ImTranslator application opens:

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To translate, select a text on a webpage, then:

  • click  ImTranslator button imtranslator-small on the Opera toolbar to launch ImTranslator application
  • use the shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+Z  (default) to translate with ImTranslator application
  • choose ImTranslator: Translate selection from the context menu "ImTranslator: Translator, Dictionary, TTS"  to run ImTranslator
  • choose Inline Translation from the context menu "ImTranslator: Translator, Dictionary, TTS" to run Inline Translation
  • click on the floating button imtranslator-small to run the Pop-up Bubble translator
  • choose Pop-up Bubble Translation from the context menu "ImTranslator: Translator, Dictionary, TTS" to run Pop-up Bubble (shortcuts Ctrl+Alt)

Refer to Run ImTranslator  tutorial.

HOW TO USE HOTKEYS?

ImTranslator applications can be run using shortcut keys.
You can use the hotkeys to launch ImTranslator application, to make translations, or to perform other tasks.

List of default hotkeys for ImTranslator for Opera

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To translate a selected text:

  • hold the shortcut keys BEFORE or AFTER text selection

The translation will appear instantly, either in ImTranslator window, Pop-up bubble or inline.

Shortcut keys customization

ImTranslator shortcuts are fully customizable, and can be defined for each translation application using Options.
To set preferred hotkeys, go to Options and choose the application tab to make desired changes.
The fastest way to access Options is to right-click ImTranslator button on the toolbar.

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To change the hotkeys:

  • click inside the Shortcuts field where you want to make changes
  • enter new hotkeys
  • after a short delay the new shortcut key appear
  • click Save options to keep your changes

You can use the following keys: Ctrl, Alt, Shift, A-Z, 0-9 in any combination, but no more than three keys.

Please keep in mind that some key combinations cannot be assigned, as they are used by the Opera browser.

Settings identical hotkeys for different tasks is not allowed, as it will result in shortcut conflict.
If the new key combination has been already reserved, the alert message will appear.
In this case you need to choose other key combinations.

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You can also temporarily deactivate hotkeys if desired by clearing the checkbox next to the hotkey title.

After Saving hotkeys, you will be redirected back to the application tab.

Some hotkeys fields include the clear button. Clicking on this button removes the hotkeys and replaced by None.  This mode allows you to activate translations on mouse selection.

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Note: this translation mode is not recommended. It may interfere with other tasks where making text selection with the mouse is implemented. 

HOW TO ACCESS OPTIONS?

ImTranslator Options are accessible from:

  • right-click ImTranslator button on the Opera toolbar 

ImTranslator Button Options

  •  Options link on any translation application
  • Shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+O

Refer to Options tutorial

WHEN I OPEN IMTRANSLATOR, IT ALWAYS TRANSLATES TO SPANISH. HOW DO I CHANGE THE DEFAULT LANGUAGE?

The default language direction of ImTranslator is English-Spanish, because this is the most frequently used language pair per our statistics.

ImTranslator is fully customizable. You can easily change settings of each translation application using Options.  To access Options, right-click on ImTranslator button on the Opera toolbar, or use the Options link in any translation application, and change your preferences:

  • translation direction
  • auto language detection
  • back translation
  • hotkeys
  • font size
  • pop-up bubble window
  • translation history

You can configure each ImTranslator's application - ImTranslator, Pop-up Bubble, Inline TranslatorWebpage Translation - by opening the corresponding tab.
Do not forget to Save Options to save new settings.
The new settings will be available immediately.

HOW TO USE TRANSLATION HISTORY?

Translation History keeps track of all your translation activity in ImTranslator, Bubble Translator , Inline Translator or Web Page Translation, and stores translation records in the Translation History until you manually delete them.

First, enable Translation History in ImTranslator Options:  either using the History tab or in each translation tool.

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After you enabled the Translation History, all of the translations will be recorded and stored along with the source text or links to the corresponding webpages.

To access Translation History, click the History link on the translation application, or go to ImTranslator Options, then open the History tab.

Refer to the Translation History tutorial.

HOW TO USE DICTIONARY?

Dictionary displays alternative translations along with the part of speech when a single word is submitted for translation.

You can use Dictionary within ImTranslator, Pop-up Bubble application or Inline Translator.

  • Just select one word and run either ImTranslator application:

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  • click on the floating button imtranslator-small to open the dictionary in the Pop-up Bubble. 

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You can also double-click on a word to bring up the Pop-up Dictionary. Just enable "Translate on double-click" feature in the Pop-up Bubble Options.

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In addition to the translation variants, each dictionary entry  displays a set of reverse translations into the original language, if available.

  • run Inline Translator (shortcuts Ctrl+Alt+C)

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The Dictionary covers more than 90 language combinations with English language and some other language pairs.
If you select more than one word to translate, you will get a regular translation done by Google Translate.

HOW TO REMOVE IMTRANSLATOR FROM THE BROWSER?

To remove ImTranslator extension from the Opera browser, open the extension manager:

  • Right-click the ImTranslator button on the Opera toolbar, then select "Manage extensions".

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2. Or, select the menu item Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions (Ctrl+Shift+E)

  • Find ImTranslator extension
  • Click the "Remove extension" X icon to complete remove.

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Pop-up Bubble Translator

HOW TO TRANSLATE WITH THE HOTKEY?

Pop-up Bubble Translator can translate a selected text with or without a shortcut key.

Translate selected text with a shortcut key

  • hold the shortcut key Ctrl+Alt (default) before or after selecting the text on a webpage
  • the translation will pop up in the bubble window

You can choose a different trigger key  Ctrl, Alt, Shift, A-Z, 0-9 in any combination, but no more than three keys.

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HOW TO TRANSLATE ON MOUSE SELECTION?

Pop-up Bubble Translator can translate a selected text without a shortcut key, on mouse selection only.

Translate without a shortcut key

  • open Pop-up Bubble Options
  • remove the shortcut by clicking on the X icon ("None" will be displayed)
  • save options

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To translate:

  • select the text with the mouse
  • the translation instantly appears in a pop-up window

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH LANGUAGE HAS BEEN DETECTED?

The detected language is not displayed in the Bubble Translator due to the lack of space.
But you can see a detected language by choosing ANY language from the source language list.
After the language detection is performed, the set language will be switched to the DETECTED language.

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Make sure that the "Detect source language automatically" checkbox is ON in the Pop-up Bubble Options.

HOW TO USE THE DICTIONARY IN THE BUBBLE TRANSLATOR?

To see dictionary's translations, select one word and run Pop-up Bubble Translator:

  • click on the ImTranslator floating button imtranslator-small
  • use the context menu and choose "ImTranslator: Pop-up Bubble"
  • double-click a word (enable this mode in Options)
  • remove the shortcut key from "Translate with shortcuts", then the translation will pop-up when selecting a word with the mouse

If you select more than one word to translate, you will get a regular translation done by Google Translate.

Make sure that you use the Google (G) provider. Other translation providers don't have Dictionary.

If the dictionary doesn't display translation variants, the searched word may not be present in the dictionary. In this case it will be translated by the Google Translate service.

The dictionary covers more than 90 language combinations with the English language, and some other language pairs.

HOW DO I CONFIGURE THE BUBBLE TRANSLATOR?

The Pop-up  Bubble Translator can be customized using Options.

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Consult the Bubble Translator Options  tutorial.

HOW TO DISABLE THE LANGUAGE DETECTION?

The automatic language detection is ON by default.
There may be cases when the language detection tool doesn't recognize the language correctly, especially for languages of the same language group. (But, the accuracy of the automatic language detection increases with the amount of the text entered).

If you know the language of the text to be translated, you can unmark the automatic language detection checkbox and set the source language manually using Options.

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To access Options:

  • click the Options link on the translation window or right-click on ImTranslator button imtranslator-small on the Opera toolbar, then choose Options.
  • open the Pop-up Bubble tab.
  • Set the preferred language direction.
  • Clear the checkbox "Detect source language automatically".
  • Save Options.

Refer to Language Detection tutorial.

HOW TO DISABLE THE POP-UP BUBBLE?

ImTranslator Bubble can be temporarily turned off using ImTranslator Options.

  • Click the Options link on the Pop-up Bubble Translator window or right-click on ImTranslator button on the Opera toolbar, then choose Options.
  • In the Pop-up Bubble tab locate "Enable ImTranslator Bubble" and clear its checkbox.
  • Click "Save Options" to keep your changes.

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The Pop-up Bubble will no longer appear.

You can enable this application at any time to get the Bubble translator back. Go to Options, open Pop-up Bubble tab, and re-check the box "Enable ImTranslator Bubble".

Refer to Disable ImTranslator Bubble tutorial.

ImTranslator 

HOW DO I KNOW THE LANGUAGE OF THE SOURCE TEXT?

By default the automatic language detection is enabled. It is a very useful feature if you don't know the language of the text you need to translate.

As you enter text and click the Translate button, the language detection tool analyzes the source text, identifies the language and displays the label "Detected: language".

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Webpage Translation

HOW TO TRANSLATE A WEBPAGE?

Webpage Translation tool translates an entire webpage between more than 90 languages using Google Translate service.
To translate a webpage, choose “Translate this page to” a selected language from the context menu “ImTranslator: Translator, Dictionary, TTS”.

The context menu provides the choice of the webpage translation modes:

  • translate an entire webpage
  • mouseover translation of a text segment on the page

Consult the Webpage Translation tutorial.

HOW TO CHANGE TRANSLATION LANGUAGE?

You can change the language to translate a webpage by using the "Change language" menu.

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You can also change the translation language from the Translate toolbar on top of the page.


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