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Working with Déjà Vu 3  

DV3 Specific

Bugs - DV3

Undo function is not working

Installing a dongle

DV3 Settings File (Backup and Networking)

Autotext entries are not working

DV3 is not saving settings, windows position, etc.

About the lexicon...

Keyboard Shortcuts

Wildcards in Memory Searches

Number checks

Paragraph delimiter is not working

Exporting an unfinished translation (DV3)

Special Fonts

Would you like to add missing spaces...?

Backing up for disaster (DV3) or what to backup


Bugs - DV3

No scrolling bar
Just reset the language in the language selector

No Client/Subject when adding terms to TDB
Always reset Client & Subject when you open the Project Configuration window, or close it using the upper right X and not the OK button. 

Sentence from another project replaces a sentence in the project you have just opened
Always CLOSE (File > Close) a project before opening the next one.

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Undo function (Ctrl+Z) is not working (DV3)


Jenny Zonneveld



- Download riched32.dll from the Atril site:

- Unzip into C:\program files\DejaVu (or Déjà Vu's directory, if you have not used the default one).


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Installing a dongle in Windows NT, 2000 (DV3)

Run setupdrv.exe in the Déja Vu's folder

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DV3 Settings Info — Backup & Networking 


Client, subject, and other personalized information is kept in a file called settings.mdb. This file is located in the same directory as Déjà Vu itself. (Default – C:\Program Files\DejaVu.) The file is overwritten when you reinstall Déjà Vu (not when you upgrade it), so back it up before reinstallation.

It is possible to change the location of the file—this may be done to avoid backing it up in every reinstallation, to share it on a net, or for convenience (E.g.: placing it in a directory/folder you normally back up):

    • Copy settings.mdb to another directory – e.g.: \\ComputerNetName\settings

    • Go to Start > Run; type Regedit

    • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/DejaVu/SettingPath (or you can go to Edit>Find and type SettingsPath. Be sure you are at the above directory.)

    • Right click SettingsPath and select Modify

    • Type the complete path of your new directory including the name of the file (e.g. \\ComputerNetName\settings\settings.mdb). If this is a net installation, be sure to use the computer's network name and share that directory.

To share your settings on a net, all your DV3s should be pointing to the same settings file (Path used on 5th bullet should be the same for all computers).

WARNING: If you open DV and there is no access to its settings file, DV will present an error message asking to reinstall it. Close DV, and make sure you have access to the appropriate computer/directory.

For DVX Networking, see "Networking."


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Autotext entries are no longer working (DV3)


Paul Clarke


What you need to do is go to the Autotext tab in Options and click on "global entries" - I have found that this occasionally seems to deselect itself.


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DV3 is not saving settings, windows position, etc.

Unfortunately, for DV3 to work without a glitch, you should be logged in as an Administrator.

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Users & Passwords and change your group to Administrators.

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About the lexicon...


For info about Déjà Vu's Lexicon, please visit Ruud Harmsen's site


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Keyboard Shortcuts - DV3


DV3 is not as flexible as DVX. A workaround is too use a third-party software for this. If you need to customize, look for "Keyboard Macros" in this website's Utilities page.


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Searching the memory using wildcard

Emilio Benito


Are you aware that in Déjà Vu you can use asterisks in your searches?

For example, you can type con* fil* in target, select the text, right-click and select 'Scan as source' from the context menu. Déjà Vu will return MDB pairs which contain words beginning with 'con' and 'fil', such as:

Config Filename:

Config filename:

Confirm File Move

Config file:

configuration file

Confirm File Delete

Confirm Delete of Read-Only File


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Number checks


Export your Lexicon, clean it up, and use an empty TDB to perform a number check. Number checks are faster if your TDB and Lexicon are empty.

Select "Also check numerals" in Tools > Options > Terminology Checks" and go ahead.

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Paragraph delimiter is not working


First, be sure "Prevent segmentation" is not selected in the import filter.

If this is not the case, remember:
(Judy Ann Schoen's explanation)

On Macintosh systems, lines of text are terminated with a carriage return, ASCII character #13. On Unix systems, lines are terminated with the new line character #10. On Windows, they're terminated by both: CR  LF.

When Mac or UNIX files are converted into Windows files, those paragraph markers act funny. They look like proper paragraph markers, but are not. You can search for the ASCII 13 or 10 character and see, what you actually got in your file.

To find a carriage return, type ^013 inside the find box; to find a new line, type ^010. Replace them with normal paragraph marks.


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Exporting an unfinished translation (DV3)

You can export an unfinished translation if you answer "No" to the question "Would you like to add missing spaces to the end of target sentences?"

If you answer "Yes", Déjà Vu will ask for codes, making it difficult to export. In this case, you should clean those spaces using the SQL command:

UPDATE Pairs SET Target_xy = "" WHERE Target_xy = " "

xx stands for your target language code.

Try to export again, but this time answer "No."

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Special Fonts - Veronika DV

Endre Both

Endre Both modified a couple of fonts to be used in DV. To downolad them, click here.

From Endre:

The fonts Veronika Sans DV and Veronika Serif DV are adapted from the Bitstream Vera Sans and Bitstream Vera Serif fonts, respectively. Please read Bitstream's original copyright notice in the enclosed copyright.txt file.

The following modifications have been applied:

1. The space character (unicode no. 0020) has been replaced with the middot character (unicode no. 00B7, the character used in Microsoft Word for displaying spaces when the option "Tools/Options/View/Formatting marks/Spaces" or ".../Formatting marks/All" is checked).

2. The non-breaking space character (unicode no. 00A0) has been replaced with the degree character (unicode no. 00B0, the character used in Microsoft Word for displaying non-breaking spaces when the option "Tools/Options/View/Formatting marks/Spaces" or ".../Formatting marks/All" is checked).

N.B. Both the dot in the space character and the degree sign in the non-breaking space character are placed lower than the original middot and degree signs to facilitate differentiation between them.

Please send comments and suggestions to "abo at endreboth dot com"
Thank you.

Endre Both
2005 March 22

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Would you like to add missing spaces in the end of a target sentence?


It is not really an error message, but an option. 

Because we are translating cells, it is pretty easy to forget to put a space after a period. This would generate a text without spaces between sentences. 

E.g.: I love dogs.I love cats.

This option puts existing spaces of the source cell into the target cell. In a normal situation, this is what you want. Click YES.

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Backing up for disaster - DV3

Victor Dewsbery, Patrick Germain, Daniel Benito

What you should back up:

- Your main MDB or MDBs (each of which consists of at least 4 files, and all are equally essential).

- Your TDB or TDBs.

- The settings file (settings.mdb), which is normally located in the DV3 directory, unless you have changed it to work in a net, or for backup purposes (See DV3 Settings Info).

- Current project — be careful, in some cases it may be necessary to have the same directory structure.

Suggested utility for data backup: Syncback (freeware).

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