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MID is a Firefox extension, so it requires that you have a Firefox browser installed. You can use MID within Firefox, or as a normal application without the need of Firefox previously started. In other words, no matter what your favourite browser is, MID can be used as a standalone desktop dictionary program. (see 2.) MID running as a standalone application uses Firefox in the background.
Starting the program
1. From within Firefox
Having MID installed and your Firefox restarted you'll have a new menu item in the Tools menu: Mozilla Internet Dictionary. By clicking on this menu item you can start (a new instance of) mid.
You can put a launcher icon on your Toolbar: right click on the Toolbar, choose Customize... and then drag-and-drop MID's icon to a desired place on your Toolbar. Clicking on this icon you can start MID, if there is no running instance of it, or call MID's window to the foreground if it is already running.
2. From the Desktop
You can create a shortcut on your desktop for starting MID easily. For Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 just download
, open the zip file, and run the MidCreateDesktopShortcut.exe.
Here is an easy way to create a desktop shortcut by hand:
  • 1. Copy your Firefox icon on your desktop.
  • 2. Rename the copy to "mid" or "mozilla internet dictionary".
  • 3. Modify the properties of the new shortcut by appending  the "Target:" field by
-chrome chrome://mid/content
(outside the "-s) so that the "Target:" field should look like this:
"c:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -chrome chrome://mid/content
3. From the command line
MID can be started from the command line, too:
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\Firefox.exe" -chrome chrome://mid/content/
or simply:
firefox -chrome chrome://mid/content/
if Firefox is in the PATH.
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