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Linkage with Word Processors, Spreadsheets etc.

All the windows showing lists or texts can easily copy selected information to the clipboard. (Use Ctrl+Ins or Ctrl/C to insert).

 

Msword Where you see this symbol, you can send any selected data straight to a new Microsoft Word™ document.

Where you see an URL (such as http://lexically.net) you can click to access your browser.

 

Links between the various Tools

 

The programs in WordSmith Tools are linked to each other via wordsmith.exe (the one which says " WordSmith Tools Controller" in its caption, and is found in the top-left corner of your screen). This handles all the defaults, such as colours, folders, fonts, stop lists, etc.

 

In general, if you press Ctrl+C in WordList or KeyWords you'll go straight to a concordance, computed using the current word and using the current files.

 

Each Tool will send as much relevant information as possible to the Tool being called. This will include: the current word (the one highlighted in the scrolling window) and the text files where any current information came from.

 

Example: after computing a word list based on 3 business texts, you discover that the word hopeful is more frequent than you had expected. You want to do a concordance on that word, using the same texts. Place the highlight on hopeful, hold down Control and press C. Now you can see whether hopeful is part of a 3-word cluster, or view a dispersion plot.

Example: after computing a key words database using 300 business texts, you discover that the word bid seems to be a key key-word, and that it's associated with company, shares etc. Place the highlight on bid, press Control-C and a concordance will be computed using the same 300 texts. Now you can check out the contexts: is bid a bid for power, or is it part of a tendering process?

Example: you have a concordance of green. Now press Control-W to generate a word list of the same text files. Press Control-K to compare this word list with a reference corpus list to see what the key words are in these text files.