Frequently Asked Questions
Will WordWeb work with Windows 10?
Yes, WordWeb 8 is fully updated for Windows 10 (desktop/laptop).
If you have an earlier version see the What's new page for upgrade information.
There is also a separate
Windows Store dictionary app.
Will WordWeb work in old Windows versions?
WordWeb 8 requires Windows XP. Vista, 7, 8 or 10 (desktop/laptop)
Can I install on my laptop as well as my desktop?
Yes, if you are the only user of both machines.
Will WordWeb work in 64 bit Windows?
Does WordWeb need a Firefox or Chrome extension?
WordWeb 8 does not need a Firefox extension (WordWeb 7 and earlier did, but this is no longer needed). To work well with Chrome, you do need to install a Chrome extension, and will be prompted to do so when you first use WordWeb to look up a word in a Chrome window. Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer do not require extensions.
What is the difference between the various optional Oxford dictionary add-ons?
The Oxford Dictionary of English (ODE) is a large single-volume dictionary, currently the updated 3rd edition, with pronunciations in standard British (BBC) English. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (SOED) is a two-volume dictionary (6th edition) in small print, and contains a third of the content of the full 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary (OED). SOED is significantly more comprehensive than ODE (and arranged historically), though a few years older, and also comes with audio. The New Oxford American Dictionary (NOAD) is a single-volume dictionary very similar in scope to the ODE, but with North American pronunciations and a more American focus.
Does WordWeb include etymologies?
No, however the optional add-on Oxford and Chambers dictionaries do.
I can't hear pronunciations, what is wrong?
After installing WordWeb 8 and the optional sound files you should be able to click on a music icon by a word to hear the pronunciation. WordWeb Pro has about 70 000 audio pronunciations, the free version about 5000. If you cannot hear the sound please check your speakers are turned on, sound is enabled, and your volume is turned up. When a sound file is not available the toolbar buttons uses Windows text-to-speech engine, which is not nearly as reliable.
How do I replace a word with a synonym?
In MS Word and some other programs you can click on a word in the usual way; WordWeb will show a Replace button you can click to replace the word with a selected alternative. In other programs you cannot use the mouse to look up the word: first select the word you want to look up, then press the keyboard hotkey (default: Ctrl+Alt+W), then WordWeb will show with a Replace button that you can press to paste in a selected synonym.
How do I do a network installation?
If you are a computer administrator, in the installation program there is an 'all-users' install option. This makes the program available to everyone on a PC, or if suitably set up, over your network. WordWeb Pro supports shared and personal glossaries, so that everyone on a network can share a communal database as well as having their own local glossaries. People with write access to the shared glossaries folder can create and edit shared glossaries, everyone else can only create local personal glossaries.
You can also create shared and personal custom databases.
Do I have to install to the system tray?
No, there is an option in the installation program
to disable this feature. However if you do not install to the tray you
will not be able to look up words in other programs with just one click.
See the Preferences on the Options menu for options regarding running at startup. At any time you can also use the "wwnotray"
program open WordWeb directly without running on the system tray.
Can I integrate WordWeb with MS Word?
WordWeb integrates with Word automatically: just Ctrl+right click on a word you want to look up as you would in any other program.
In Word you can also replace the word you looked up with your choice of synonym.
I get an error message installing - what's wrong?
Much the most likely reason is that the download was
incomplete. Try re-downloading.
Sometimes there are temporary local network problems that prevent a
reliable connection, in which case the best solution is to try again
a few hours later or the next day.
Why does Ctrl+Right click not work in some program?
The default house hot key is Ctrl+Right click (which can be changed on the options menu in case another program is also using that hot key). If Ctrl+Right click fails to open WordWeb, check that WordWeb is running in the system tray (if not, and you did a standard installation, re-start Windows). If Ctrl+Right click only fails in a specific program, check that that program is not running as Administrator (Right click the program's icon, and under shortcut properties click the Advanced button and make sure Run as administrator is not checked). Usually only installation programs need to run as administrator, neither WordWeb nor other programs should normally have this checked.
Why does Ctrl+Right click bring up the wrong word?
Usually the clicked-on word should be showing, and in many programs like MS Word, common web browsers, and standard Windows programs this should be nearly 100% reliable. However, in some programs, it is not 100% reliable as WordWeb has to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to extract the text; if you have problems, increasing the font size (or using a simpler font) in the host program may help. In Chrome make sure that you have the WordCaptureX extension installed and enabled (Firefox and Edge do not require an extension to be installed to work reliably).
Can I use WordWeb as a spell checker?
WordWeb is not a spell checker, though it will suggest
alternatives to common misspellings. You cannot use it to spellcheck
How do I delete the lookup history?
In WordWeb Pro, right click on the lookup box and
select the Delete History option.
How do I install sound files?
WordWeb Pro includes 70 000 optional sound files. You can download and install these using the download link given on your order download page. WordWeb 6 (free version) has about 5000 sound files for core vocabulary.
Is WordWeb available in other languages?
No, sorry, only English. However in WordWeb Pro you can add your own web reference tabs to look up words easily in various online dictionaries.
Will there be a Linux, Mac, iPhone, Windows phone, etc, version?
WordWeb is now available as an iPhone and iPad dictionary
and an Android dictionary.
There are also Mac OS X dictionaries.
Currently there is no version for Windows phone.
Does WordWeb use British or American English?
See the Options menu to set whether you prefer British,
America, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, Asian
or International English. There is an option to either hide or flag
words from different locales.
Can I add WordWeb support to a third-party application?
Yes, search for "technical" in the WordWeb
help file on information on how to invoke WordWeb from other programs.
I ordered but did not get my download link -
Please make sure that you are not blocking the e-mail
- check your spam folder and settings. See the re-download request page
to re-send the email.
My hard disk crashed - how to re-install WordWeb
Check your order notification e-mail for instructions.
If you have also lost the order e-mail then see the re-download request
page to re-send the email.
Is there a limit to the number of web reference tabs?
You can have 20 reference tabs in total, including any third-party dictionaries and web references. You can also add additional web references under the X-ref button. To do this select Options menu, X-References, Edit X-Ref list, then click the Add button and enter the name of the reference and its URL.
I access the web through a proxy, how do I enter my password?
Unless you have to enter your password every time, the proxy settings will be taken automatically from Internet Explorer. If you need to enter a password each time you access the internet then enable the option under WordWeb's Options menu: Show, Web browser messages.
If I upgrade WordWeb Pro to the latest version, will old add-ons still work?
Additional add-on dictionaries from an old version will work with the new version. Any minor upgrades to the dictionaries are free, available from the latest WordWeb Pro page. Old additional word lists will also work, however they have been updated for the latest version, so you should get the Bundle upgrade if you want to update them.
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