Tray Dictionary is a free desktop dictionary tool based on the Encarta online dictionary. With it you can look up words quickly without having to open an online dictionary site. It also allows quick right-click lookups in Internet Explorer.
We opened Tray Dictionary's Start Menu folder and clicked the program icon to open its System Tray interface, which is anchored by a dictionary icon. Clicking this icon called up a tiny search field for quick lookups. Since we park the Windows taskbar on the right edge of our wide-screen desktop, it covered Tray Dictionary's search button, and we couldn't drag it away. When we dragged the taskbar horizontally and back again, Tray Dictionary's search box realigned itself. However, we had to do this every time we used the entry field. We typed in a word, "splurge," and clicked the Search button. A page popped up with the Encarta logo and "Language Advisory" in red letters. Language Advisory? For splurge? Not a good start in our book. We clicked "View full definition" for splurge, which opened an IE page telling us the MSN Encarta page we were trying to access was missing. We decided to try another word, "annoyance," and once again received a Language Advisory. We pressed Esc to close the definition box (or where a definition is supposed to go) and tried one more time, typing in "futility." Once again we received a language advisory. By this time, we were sorely tempted to enter a word that ought to produce a Language Advisory. We decided to exercise scholarly restraint and look for some settings or options that could make Tray Dictionary work, but the online Help file is extremely basic. We were able to highlight words in IE and right-click to search them in Tray Dictionary, but with the same lack of results.
There's nothing wrong with Tray Dictionary's concept, just its execution. We'd like to see a properly functioning version, but until then we'll stick with our online references. They're fast enough and reliable, too.
Tray Dictionary is a free desktop dictionary tool. It runs in system tray and is ready for one-click word search. The word search can start instantly by clicking its icon or by right clicking the selected word in a web page (IE browser). The result window will slide up in the lower right corner. This user-friendly design provides great convenience and saves your time significantly. Rather than going to a online dictionary web site or installing a desktop dictionary tool with huge database, Tray Dictionary is a light weight tool. It utilizes Encarta online dictionary for word definition.
May 12, 2011
Version: Tray Dictionary 2.1
google ads and just too much trouble.
Not convenient at all, had to go to system tray and type in word and page pops up asking which version of the definition do you want-the insulting one or the other. Then another page pops up with the definition but not before getting one or more google ads in the process. No Thaks, immediately uninstalled. I could get to a dictionary off the bookshelf faster than that.