Word Suggestions Panel

If you make a spelling mistake when searching for a word and the word you typed in was not found in the dictionary, the "Word Suggestions" panel will open automatically. Words that are spelled like or sound like the word you typed in will be listed. You can also open the Word Suggestions panel whenever you want, even if the word in the search box is spelled correctly. This is an easy way to see other words that are spelled similarly, or that sound like the word in the search box.

The Meaning Lists

To the right of the Visual Thesaurus display are the Meaning Lists, which list the meanings currently displayed by the Visual Thesaurus. Meanings are divided into four parts of speech: Noun, verb, adjective and adverb. Each part of speech is color-coded to match the circles representing meanings in the Visual Thesaurus display.

As you roll over meanings in the Meaning List, the circles representing those meanings in the Visual Thesaurus display area will highlight and their definition will be shown. Similarly, as you roll over circles representing meanings in the display area, the items in the Meaning List will highlight.


Search. Just Search.

If you'd like look up words on the Visual Thesaurus but not access our online magazine, please use this link, which will open a window that displays only the Visual Thesaurus search box.

Getting Help

To make learning about the Visual Thesaurus easier, it has a "context sensitive" help function. When you turn the help function on, you can roll your mouse over any area of the screen you would like to learn more about, and after a second or two, a "help tip" will appear that explains that function. To turn the help function on, press the "HELP" button on the toolbar. When the help function is on, the indicator on the right side of the "HELP" button will be next to "ON." To turn the help function off again, press the button again, returning the indicator to the "off" position.

If you right-click on a word or meaning in the Visual Thesaurus display (command-click on Macintosh computers), you will see a "pop-up" menu that shows the various actions that can be taken on that word. Not all actions will be available on every word and/or meaning.

Pronounce Word. Hear the word spoken out loud. (Requires an Internet connection)

Search Internet. Use your default web browser to search the Internet for web sites that are related to this word. (Requires an Internet connection and an Internet browser)  Continue reading...


Working with Other Applications

You can use the Visual Thesaurus seamlessly with other applications such as word processors and web browsers

Copy and Paste. Copy the word you'd like to look up in the Visual Thesaurus from another application. Open the Visual Thesaurus. Type Ctrl+v for Windows and Command+v for Macintosh.

Drag and Drop. To drag words into the Visual Thesaurus, select the word in your word processor (or other applications) by clicking on it. Then click again, and hold down the mouse button. Drag the word to the Visual Thesaurus and let go of the mouse button. (Please note: not all applications support drag and drop)

To drag a word from the Visual Thesaurus into your word processor (or other applications), click the word in the Visual Thesaurus, holding the mouse button down. Drag the word into the window of the other application and let go of the mouse button.


This sub-panel is where you can control most of the aspects of how the main display of the Visual Thesaurus looks.

Display. Allows you to toggle between a 2-D and 3-D display of the Visual Thesaurus

Scale. Allows you to increase or decrease the size of the Visual Thesaurus display. This is a useful when the display fills with densely related words and meanings. By increasing the scale, you can zoom into the cluster in greater detail.

Font Size. Allows you to increase or decrease the font size of words in the VT display.

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