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These functions may or may not be visible in each Tool depending on the capacity of the Tool or the current window of data -- the one whose caption bar is highlighted.



allows access to advanced features

WSImage_320_associates_24 associates

opens a new window showing Associates.


joins (lemmatises) automatically.


re-sizes each line of a display so that each one shows as much data as it should. Most windows have lines of a fixed size but some, e.g. in Viewer, allow you to adjust row heights. This adjusts line heights according to the current highlighted column of data.

WSImage_563_close_24close (Ctrl+W)

closes a window of data


computes clumps in a keywords database

regroup clumps

regroups the clumps

WSImage_361_clusters_24 clusters

computes concordance clusters.

WSImage_331_collocates_24 collocates

shows collocates using concordance data or recalculates collocates, e.g. after you've deleted concordance lines.

WSImage_317_compute_24 compute

calculates a new column of data based on calculator functions and/or existing data.

column totals

computes totals, min, max, mean, standard deviation for each column of numerical data.

WSImage_102_concordance_24 concordance (Shift+Ctrl+C)

within KeyWords, WordList, starts Concord and concordances the highlighted word(s) using the original source text(s).

WSImage_572_copy_24 copy (Ctrl+C)

allows you to copy your data to a variety of different places (the printer, a text file, the clipboard, etc.).

WSImage_305_edit_24 edit

allows editing of a list or searches for a word (type-in search).

exit (Alt+X)

quits a Tool.

WSImage_592_typing_24 edit or type-in mode

alternates between edit and type-in mode.

WSImage_310_filenames_24 filenames

opens a new window showing the file names from which the current data derived. If necessary you can edit them.

WSImage_314_find_24 find files

finds any text files which contain all the words you've marked.

WSImage_505_up_24 grow

increases the height of all rows to a fixed size. See shrink WSImage_506_down_24below.

WSImage_502_help_24 help (F1)

opens WordSmith Help (this file) with context-sensitive help.

WSImage_367_join_24 join

joins one entry to another e.g. sentences in Viewer, words in WordList (lemmatisation).

WSImage_303_layout_24 layout

This allows you to alter many settings for the layout: the colour of each column, whether to hide a column of data, typefaces and column widths.

WSImage_313_links_24 links

computes links between words in a key-words plot.

WSImage_343_mark_24 mark

marks an entry for joining or finding files.

WSImage_318_lemma_24 match lemmas

checks each item in the list against ones from a text file of lemmatised forms and joins any that match.

WSImage_300_match_24 match list

matches up the entries in the current list against ones in a "match list file" or template, marking any found with (~).

WSImage_352_relationships_24 relation

computes mutual information or similar scores in a WordList index list.

WSImage_324_GetStarted_24 new... (Ctrl+N)

gets you started in the various Tools, e.g. to make a concordance, a word list, or a key words list.

WSImage_561_open_24   open... (Ctrl+O)

gives you a chance to choose a set of saved results.

WSImage_327_patterns_24 patterns

computes collocation patterns.

WSImage_581_PlayMedia_24 play media (Ctrl+M)

plays a media file.

WSImage_569_plot_24 plot

opens a new window showing a Concord dispersion plot or KeyWords plot.

WSImage_340_PrintPreview_24 print preview (F3)

previews your window data for printing (Ctrl+P); can print to file, which is equivalent to "save as text".

WSImage_363_redo_24 redo

undoes an undo.

WSImage_315_refresh_24 refresh (F5)

re-draws the screen (in Viewer re-reads your text file).

WSImage_572_copy_24 remove duplicates

removes any duplicate concordance lines.

WSImage_626_Replace_24 replace

search & replace, e.g. to replace drive or folder data, when editing file-names where the source texts have been moved.

WSImage_301_Resort_24 re-sort

re-sorts lists (e.g. in frequency as opposed to alphabetical order) in Concord, KeyWords or WordList.

WSImage_359_ruler_24 ruler

shows/hides vertical divisions in any list; text divisions in a KeyWords plot. Click ruler in a menu to turn on or off or change the number of ruler divisions for a plot.

WSImage_326_save_24 save (also Ctrl+F2)

saves your data using existing file-name; if it's a new file asks for file-name first.

WSImage_400_SaveAs_24 save as

saves after asking you for a file-name.

WSImage_405_TXT_24 save as text

saves as a .txt file: plain text.

WSImage_314_find_24 search

searches within a list.

WSImage_506_down_24 shrink

reduces the height of all rows to a smaller fixed height. See grow WSImage_505_up_24above.

WSImage_306_statistics_24 statistics

shows detailed statistics.


toggles on & off the "status bar" (at the bottom of a window, shows comments and the status of what has been done).

WSImage_307_SummaryStatistics_24 summary statistics

opens a new window showing summary statistics, e.g. proportion of lemmas to word-types.


toggles on & off a toolbar with the same buttons on it as the ones you chose when you customised popup menus.

WSImage_362_undo_24 undo (Ctrl+U)

undoes last operation.

WSImage_368_unjoin_24 unjoin

unjoins any entries that have been joined, e.g. lemmatised entries.

WSImage_312_notepad_24 view source text

shows the source text and highlights any words currently selected in the list.

WSImage_401_excel_24, WSImage_402_MSWord_24 Microsoft Excel or Word™

save formatted data for Excel or Word.

WSImage_101_wordlist_24 wordlist

within KeyWords, makes a word list using the current data.

WSImage_304_zap_24 zap (Ctrl+Z)

zaps any deleted entries.


see also: Keyboard Shortcuts, Customising popup menus.