Quick start Wordfast Classic

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Double-click wordfast.dot to install WFC, or see the installation section. This is a one-time action.

Click the icon Wordfast.icon.setup.png to expand the toolbar.


Then click that same icon again to open the main Wordfast dialog box:

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /> <meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type" content="text/css" /> <title>Wordfast manual</title> <LINK REL=StyleSheet HREF='wordfast/wordfast.css' TYPE='text/css' MEDIA=screen> </head> <body>

 Wordfast (c:\wordfast\wordfast.ini)  x  
Translation Memory  Terminology  Tools  Setup  ?  
TM  Attributes  TM rules  BTM  Remote TM  MT   

Select TM

  This TM is active

New TM


Remove TM </td>

<p>Current TM: C:\wordfast\NewTM-EN2FR.txt

Number of TUs: 234
<p>File size: 28 Kbytes, 2016-01-15 11:10:26

Source language: EN-US (English, Latin-1)

Target language: FR-FR (French, Latin-1)

</body> </html>

Click the New TM button to create a new translation memory. You will be prompted for TMX-compliant codes of the source and target language used in your TM. Once WFC has created the TM (which is a Ms-Word document in text-only format) you will be prompted to name and save it. Close the WFC dialog box, you are ready.

A basic translation session consists of two steps.

Translation & Proofreading

Open the document to be translated, press Alt+Down, or click the Next Segment Wordfast.icon.nextsegment.png icon.

The first source segment appears against a blue background. Type your translation in the target segment, that is, only in the lower (green, yellow, or grey) box.

This is my first translation.<}


Voici ma première traduction.

Press Alt+Down (or click the Next Segment icon) to validate the current segment and move to the next one. Do not press Enter. Translate the entire document that way. To pause or end translation, click the End Wordfast.icon.end.png icon (Alt+End), and save the document. To resume translation, click anywhere in the document and press Alt+Down.

Proofreading: to edit a segment, click to place the cursor anywhere in that segment, press Alt+Down to open it, edit it, then move to the next or previous segment (Alt+Down or Alt+Up), or close the segment (Alt+End).


When proofreading is complete, click the Cleanup Wordfast.icon.cleanup.png icon.

You are done. There is more to learn, but the essentials are covered.

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