Mission Impossible: Creating LingQ's on a Netbook using a dictionary

It is not possible to create LingQ’s on a Netbook using the integrated dictionaries. I’m not able to scroll to the point where I can see the definition of the word in the dictionary because there is not enough space to scroll.

Another issue: I like the ‘old’ view more, the condensed one. But every time when I click on a blue word to create a new LingQ by searching in a dictionary, the view changes back to the expanded view.

To use LingQ, you’ll need a 1280x800 (minimum), better a 1280x1024 resolution display. The netbook 1024×600 display is not large enough. Even the cheap (199 €) Google nexus 7 touchpad has a big 1280x800 display: https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_16gb

@ Vera - “But every time when I click on a blue word to create a new LingQ by searching in a dictionary, the view changes back to the expanded view.” That bothered me too until I convinced myself that using the “-” in the right-hand corner to close the dictionary box was no more work than closing the old, smaller lingq box. Now I just tell myself that I am looking at an extra big dictionary box and then use the “-” to go back to the collapsed view. Mind over matter!

@VeraI - We do our best to support as many setups as possible, but in some cases the browsing experience won’t be ideal. As Jingle says, the expanded view is actually just to display the dictionary. You can close it using the (-) sign at the top right when you’ve finished searching the dictionary and use the yellow popups to review LingQs.

@Alex: I know how to switch from one view to the other. This is not the main problem. My problem is that the dictionary definition is not viewable with the new layout. I cannot see it. The height of the dictionary scroll area is too small. It is less then one row! At the moment I help myself opening another tab in the browser and look up word for word. As you can imagine, this is not very convenient.

@VeraI - The site hasn’t been designed for screens as small as those found on netbooks, so you may encounter difficulties for now when trying to use the site on such a small screen.

@Alex: It worked fine with the ‘old’ LingQ.

@VeraI: I know it’s not a real solution, but have you tried zooming out the whole page (Ctrl minus in Firefox)? I actually do the opposite (zooming in) so that the page fills up all of my 1920x1080 screen.

@rafael_nc: Yes, I’ve tried this but the letters are too small to read them if I zoom out. Thank you for the suggestion.

Vera, you can click on “Dictionary” and then right-click on the button with the dictionary name “PONS”, “LEO” etc., and select “Open in New Window”. The dictionary entry will open in a new browser window and be much better readable. After reading/copying you can easily close the window and go back to LingQ.

@Hape: Thank you for that hint.

Vea, we are working on cleaning up the general issues that still need to be fixed with regard to the recent changes. I promise that we will then have a good look at what we can do about the specific issues that affect you, and no doubt other users with very small screens.

Thank you Steve. Usually I work on a very wide screen. But it affects me when I’m travelling. For me personally it it not so important but I guess there are other members who have small screens too.

I have a small screen on my iPad, but I suppose the resolution is higher than in Vera’s case, since I can easily read everything. Moreover, the LingQ creation has improved lately. What I still find hard to do on iPad, is checking a word in the dictionary pane. But I see that things are improving.

Michele, my problem is the dictionary pane. Everything else is not a problem.

Oh, sorry, then we have the same problem!