The Text View

The text view displays the contents of a Chinese document with words highlighted based on whether or not a particular word exists in the active vocabulary profile.

You can have multiple different vocabulary profiles and switch between them as necessary, with all statistics and highlighting instantly updated to match the new profile. For more details see the section on Word Lists

The text view can give you an instant feel for how well you’ll be able to read a document, and can also serve as a basic document reader.


Mouse Commands

Moving the mouse over the text will highlight words and word boundaries.

Double clicking the word under the mouse cursor will toggle the word’s status from known to unknown.

Holding the shift key and double clicking the word under the mouse cursor will show the definition of that word.

Keyboard Commands

You also navigate a document using the arrow keys to move up, down, left or right. If you are familiar with vi, then you can also use h, j, k and l to move left, down, up or right respectively.

Pressing <space> or t will toggle whether or not the currently highlighted word is known or unknown.

Pressing d will show the definition of the currently highlighted word.

Context Menu

Right clicking on the Text View will bring up a context menu with the following options:

  • Mark as known/unknown - Marks the word under the cursor as known or unknown.

  • Show definition - Shows the dictionary definition of the word under the cursor.

    Showing the definition of a word will automatically mark the word as unknown based on the premise that looking up the word (even just to check) is an implicit acknowledgement that you didn’t know the word well enough and with confidence.

  • Online lookup - Shows a menu of online sites to lookup the word under the cursor. See the Online Lookup appendix for details on how to customise the list of sites available. Similar to the ‘Show definition’ option, looking up a word online will also mark that word as unknown.

  • Add custom word - This option is only available if you have text selected, and it is used to tell Chinese Text Analyser to treat a group of characters as a single word. This is useful for helping Chinese Text Analyser segment things like names correctly.

  • Find next - Finds the next occurrence of the word in the document.

  • Copy - Copies the word (or the currently selected text) to the clipboard.

  • Word list - Allows you to change the current vocabulary profile to use a different word list.

  • Mark entire document known - Marks all the words in document as known.

  • Mark entire document unknown - Marks all the words in the document as unknown.


You can bring up a find dialog by selecting Edit -> Find from the menu, or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F

The find dialog can be used to find text within the document. You can also use it to find phrase patterns using ‘*’ or ‘…’ as a wildcard. For example, searching for 不但…而且 will find sentences such as:


And so on.