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Visual Tutorial: Pop-up Bubble Translator

ImTranslator for Firefox : Pop-up Bubble Translator

Pop-up Bubble Translator translates selected words, sentences and text on any website and displays the translation in a pop-up window without leaving the page.

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To translate with the pop-up bubble, select text on a webpage and use one of the following ways:

  • click the floating button imtranslator-small
  • context menu  imtranslator-bubblePop-up Bubble Translation
  • shortcut key Alt (default)
  • click  imtranslator-smallImTranslator button drop-down menu on the Firefox toolbar and select imtranslator-bubblePop-up Bubble Translation
  • translate on mouse selection only (set this mode in Options)
Language Detection 
Pop-up Bubble Translator uses the following default language settings:

  • source language is set to "Detect language"
  • target language is Spanish (based on our users' statistics)
  • "Detect source language automatically" is enabled

With these settings, the language of the original text is being detected automatically. All you have to do is to set the translation language.

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If you know the language of the original text,  choose the language from the source drop-down language list and mark the "Lock-in language" checkbox to secure your language choice.  This will temporarily disable the auto language detection of the source text for this browser's session.

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If you want to see which language has been detected, choose any language from source language list, and the auto language detection will be performed on-the-fly displaying the detected language.

Text-to-Speech
Pop-up Bubble Translator has the speech capability. This feature is currently available for 10 languages: American English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese Brazilian, Russian, and Spanish.
Click the "Listen" button to hear the translation.

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When you click on the Speaker icon, you will be redirected to the ImTranslator Text-to-Speech service.  Text-to-Speech service can speak up to 1000 characters at one time.

Pop-up Bubble Dictionary
If you want to see dictionary's translations, select a single word and run the Pop-up Bubble Google (G) provider.  You will see dictionary results with alternative translations and the grammar information, such a part of speech.

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To see the dictionary's translations in Pop-up Bubble, do one of the following:

  • select a word and click the floating buttonimtranslator-small
  • select a word, then click the context menu imtranslator-bubblePop-up Bubble translation
  • use the shortcut key Alt (default)
  • double-click the word without a shortcut key (enable the double-click translation in Options)
Quick Words Translations
Word Translation with a Shortcut

Hold the ALT key while highlighting a word. The Pop-up window opens with the word translation.

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Word Translation without a Shortcut

Highlight a word with the mouse and instantly see the translation for a chosen language in the Pop-up window without pressing or holding any key. To enable this mode, remove the Shortcuts from the Pop-up Bubble Options by clicking on X sign, then Save Options.

Translate on Double-click

You can also get a quick word translation by using the "Translate on double-click" feature.
Simply double-click on the word you want to see the translation, and the Pop-up window will display available translations.
To enable this feature go to the Pop-up Bubble Options and check mark the option "Translate on double-click".

Pop-up Bubble Tools
Pop-up Bubble Translator tools include: text-to-speech, copy text, change font size, translation history, pin pop-up bubble. The tools are accessible from the Pop-up Bubble toolbar.

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   -  listen to the translation

  -  copy translation to clipboard

  -  change the font size

history  -  translation history

  -  pin/unpin pop-up bubble

From the Pop-up Bubble window you can reach Options to customize the behavior of the Bubble Translator, consult Help and send a feedback.

Pop-up Bubble Options
Use Pop-up Bubble Options to customize the Pop-up Bubble Translator.

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Pop-up Bubble Options are accessible from :

  • Firefox Tools menu, then imtranslator-smallImTranslator, then imtranslator-options-smallImTranslator Options , then Pop-up Bubble panel
  • ImTranslator button imtranslator-small on the toolbar, then imtranslator-options-smallImTranslator Options , then Pop-up Bubble panel
  • context menu imtranslator-toolsImTranslator Tools , then imtranslator-options-smallImTranslator Options, then Pop-up Bubble panel
  • shortcuts (Ctrl+Alt+O), then Pop-up Bubble panel
  • browser's Tools, then Add-ons, Extensions, ImTranslator, ImTranslator Options
  • the Options link on the Pop-up Bubble application
Translate selected text with a shortcut key

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

You can set different shortcut keys  Ctrl, Alt, Shift, A-Z, 0-9 in any combination, but no more than three keys.

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Translate selected text without a shortcut key

  • open Pop-up Bubble Options
  • removes 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 appears in a popup window
Translation History
Translation History keeps track of all your translation activity and stores translation records in the Translation History.

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To access the Translation History, click on the historyHistory icon on the Pop-up Bubble toolbar. Or go to Options, then Translation History panel.

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