ImTranslator applications can be run using hotkeys.
You can use the hotkeys to launch ImTranslator application, to make translations, or perform other tasks.
To translate a selected text:
- highlight the text to translate and hold the key BEFORE or AFTER TEXT selection
The translation will appear instantly, either in ImTranslator window, pop-up bubble or inline.
ImTranslator hotkeys 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.
To change the hotkeys:
- click inside the Hotkeys field you want to make changes
- enter new hotkeys
- after a short delay the new hotkeys 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 Chrome browser.
Choosing identical hotkeys for different tasks is not allowed, as it will result in hotkeys conflict.
If the new key combination has been already reserved, the alert message will appear; the previous hotkeys will be restored.
In this case you need to choose other key combinations.
The hotkey engine will detect the conflicting keys and display the alert window.
In Shortcuts window you can assign unique hotkeys for each task.
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.
Note: this translation mode is not recommended. It may interfere with other tasks where making text selection with the mouse is implemented.