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It may be undocumented but I wonder if there is a
toolbar that uses it as a shortcut command. At times, there are commands
in tool bars that you won't find in menus and dialogs and that's one way you may
not be aware of a command. It is often not evident that such a tool bar
exists when you are working with a program and not using some sort of screen
review and even then, I'm not sure you necessarily hear such shortcut commands
announced when you move through a tool baar.
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Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] thunderbird question
F7 does also work to invoke the spell checker in later versions of
Thunderbird. I think this is what is called an undocumented feature.
People who used to use Outlook Express naturally choose this keystroke by
mistake, so maybe Thunderbird developers added this for convenience.
On 1/23/2019 7:39 AM, Gerald Levy wrote:
First of all, the correct command for invoking the Thunderbird spell
checker is Shift-Control-P, not F7 as in MS-based email clients.
Pressing f7 in Thunderbird is the command for selecting text with the keyboar,
so I don't know exactly what happened when Shelley pressed F7 and somehow
invoked a download of a language dictionary. It sounds like she may have
inadvertently invoked the Thunderbird Add-On Manager, which is prompting her
to download a language dictionary add-on. I don't know how to get rid of
this prompt when Thunderbird is opened, other than perhaps letting this add-on
install and then removing it from the Add-On Manager. The only other
commands I can suggest trying are Control-F4 or Control-Tab
On 1/23/2019 2:54 AM, Gene wrote:
I don't know why, but I looked up a help article on the language
dictionaries and, as you will see if you read some of it, it is a completely
different procedure than using f7.
All f7 does is run the spell checker. It doesn't download
dictionaries based on this detailed and involved discussion of how to do
it. I've never seen a spell checker try to download anything just
because it is running. As far as stopping it is concerned, I don't
know if you can or not but maybe the easiest thing to do is just to let the
program download them and then just let them sit there, or delete them after
they have been downloaded. I didn't look at this carefully, but it
appears that this download option will open your browser and take you to the
downloads page. Maybe just closing the browser wil solve the
problem. Maybe downloading the dictionaries will solve it.
You may want to wait for more information from users but you don't have
to worry about using f7 and not closing the spellchecker. Something
else caused you to see what you see.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 1:22 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] thunderbird question
was typing an email yesterday and used the spell checker. I hit f7
and when I was done, I didn't close it fast enough and I got this thing
about downloading the language dictionaries. I can still do emails
that tries to download every time I get on the computer. I
have hit alt
4, control w, and escape and none of that works. Is
there a command for
this so this stops coming up when I open
Thunderbird? Thank you in
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