Mouse over a Chinese character to find out it's meaning. A popup will appear showing the 'Pinyin' pronunciation, the simplified character form, and the English translation. You can customize what parts to show on the preferences window.

A screenshot of Thunderbird Mail with the cursor over a character and the translation popup showing.



(See screenshot.)

A screenshot of match scores representation.

  1. As you move your mouse across the text, the popup follows and translates it as you go.
  2. The dictionary can recognize simple compound words. If only 1 character matches, the first character and Pinyin will be in black and the rest in blue. If 2 or more characters match, the first two characters and Pinyin will be in black.
  3. The dictionary can recognize traditional and simplified character forms.
  4. The popup, by default, has a maximum width to save screen space. If you wish to temporarily view the full contents of the popup, hold down the 'Shift' key and mouse over the popup.


Since Pinyin uses accents to represent mandarin tone marks, the way your computer displays diacritics may clash with your computer's default font, causing the diacritic to appear displaced. In order to mitigate this, I recommend using modern TrueType fonts as your system font and turning on ClearType.

If you don't want to change your system font, then just download some TrueType fonts (like "Microsoft JhengHei") and edit Thunderbird's userChrome or Firefox's userChrome file to force the popup to use that font by adding to it: #zhongwen {font-family:"Microsoft Jhenghei"}


0.2.1 ~ 18-3-2009Added a credit link in the preferences window.
0.2 ~ 15-3-2009Hold down Shift key and mouse over the popup to view the full text.
0.1 ~ 14-3-2009First release.


This software is released under the Mozilla Public License.
The translation data is provided by CC-CEDIT under a Creative Commons License.

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