Mark Characters as Known

  1. Via the Known Checkbox: When the Character Dictionary window shows an entry, click on the Known checkbox to indicate to the program that you know or can recognize the character. Known characters are displayed in a different color in the Reader. You can change this color in the Settings dialog. View a list of all the Known characters and words by clicking the Known tab just above the Reader. Unlike pressing the spacebar in the Reader, clicking on the Known checkbox does not immediately hide the character. It will remain shown in the Character Dictionary window. The next time you “read” the character in the Reader via the keyboard, the character will be hidden.
  2. Via the Spacebar: (See also Using the Spacebar.) While reading Chinese text in the Reader, press the spacebar to mark a character as Known. Known characters are displayed in a different color in the Reader. The next time you encounter this Known character, the dictionary entry for the character will NOT be displayed. The goal of this feature, Marking for Unassisted Reading, is that you would begin to actually read Chinese instead of frequently referring to dictionary translations. As more characters and Chinese words are added to your Known list, you will discover that you really are reading and thinking in Chinese. Also, a count of Known characters is shown in the lower right corner of the Character Dictionary window.

Detailed information about marking characters as known is provided in Tutorial: Reading with Chinese Toolbox.



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