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Where Is My Concordance Window?

If you are following this blog you know that I just had to rebuild my hard drive. The cloning of the the old drive went without problems, and the new drive content seemed to be identical to the previous one, including those annoying little problems that develop in software installations over time.

Last night, I found a more major problem: When I pushed F3 in Trados Workbench, the concordance window did not pop up. The call was executed and the Workbench window lost focus, but there was no concordance window anywhere to be found. I tried different screen resolutions in case it had slipped outside the screen real estate – no luck. I re-installed Trados – no improvement. When the re-installation did not bring any change, I was almost certain that the coordinates for placing the concordance window out of sight had to be stored in the registry. So reluctantly, I rolled up my sleeves.

(Warning: This is not for the faint-of-heart. The registry has no Save button. Changes you make take kind of immediately and can render your computer inoperable. Don’t blame me.) I closed Workbench, went to the Start menu and selected Run. In the Run dialog box I typed regedit. This starts the registry editor.

The registry editor has two panes: The left pane shows the tree structure of the keys, the right pane the content of the keys. Go to the left pane and navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Trados\TW4Win\Last Session

This key has a number of values in the right pane. You can click on a value to open a dialog box, in which you can make changes. Clicking on OK inside that dialog box confirms your changes. Numeric values can be entered as hexadecimal or decimal values. In the following instructions, select decimal values. Here is what you should change:

  • ConcordanceHeight to 120
  • ConcordanceWidth to 150
  • ConcordanceX to 10
  • ConcordanceY to 50

After you clicked your last (fourth) OK, close the registry editor without touching anything else.

Now start Workbench again and execute the Concordance command. The concordance window should show up in the top left corner of your screen.

(I am using Windows XP and Trados 6.5.)



29 Responses to “Where Is My Concordance Window?”

  1. Great post! So, what values did you have in the registry for your window?
    I had the disappearing Concordance twice so far.
    The first time, the window had been minimized to the height of the caption bar (the blue thing on top) and about an inch width. I simply didn’t see it because I didn’t expect it to be so small and it was hiding. Only after I minimized everything else I saw it hide out in the upper left corner. I didn’t know about the registry back then.
    The other time it was outside of the screen but instead of changing the resolution (which would have been much better and faster) I searched high and low and finally stumbled over your registry tweak in a TW_Users post.

  2. Michael says:

    Don’t have my notes anymore (I just scribbled the hex values down to be on the safe side), but from memory it was a low, wide box, with x and y values in the thousands – so it was way out of my screen area. Why this happened in the copying process (and in your case it seems spontaneously), I have no idea. I first looked for an xml file or some other place where Trados would store session values. When I couldn’t find anything, I knew it had to be the registry…

  3. Cido says:

    Thank you very much for this post !
    It saved my life.
    Good luck in love and business !

  4. raffaella says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was getting crazy


  5. Michael says:

    You’re welcome.

  6. Goti Mullersman says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this “trick”, I would have never found that out and was lucky to find your post. I had also tried everything I could think of with no success. Everything was going well until I rebooted the PC for another reason. Then the concordance was gone. I really relied on it for this specific project.This saved my day.

  7. Taylan says:

    Thank you very much for this tips you saved my life 🙂

  8. Hehe, I just ran into this again, this time with the T-Windows for Clipboards window and it works just as well 🙂

  9. Birte Jensen says:

    THANKS A MILLION, I was going to uninstall and reinstall, and it wouldn’t have worked anyway, I am so grateful!

  10. Yakir Lavie says:


    Over a year hence – this post is still saving translators’ lives …

    Great job!

  11. Michael says:

    Looks like the Trados tip that keeps on giving. Glad it is helping translators.

  12. emonnet says:

    thank you, thank you, thank you.
    I just couldn’t stand anymore having to search the memory in the notepad with the search tool.
    I won’t waste so much time now !!

  13. Pablo says:

    Great post. You have save me a headache

  14. Analogique says:

    Thank you so much!!! A big problem solved on my birthday!

  15. Svetlana says:

    Great! I’ve tried playing with the register already (with no luck), and also tried holding Ctrl and pressing arrows (this helped sometimes with “run-away” windows), but this time the register trick worked at once:)

  16. Claudia says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this tip. It is very helpful.

  17. Anette says:

    I and I suspect many others have used your tip many times (funny how you forget) but this time I really wanted to Thank you for having the kindness to share this solution with others! Tack så mycket!! x

  18. Mia says:

    Thanks a lot!

  19. YUI says:

    Thank you for great post!

  20. Etelka Polgar says:

    Thank you so much! This was a life-saver AND it worked perfectly under Windows 7!

  21. mar says:

    I’d dare to say you saved my life…!! thanks!!!

  22. Mimah says:

    Wonderful. It worked perfectly with Wondows 7 and Trados 7.
    Thank you.

  23. Natalia says:

    OMG, found this post by chance, as I was having the same issue with the Concordance window. Just by following these simple and clear instructions I solved it!
    So many thanks you life saver! 😉
    (Windows 7, Trados 8)

  24. Carolina says:

    Thank you! Thank you!

  25. Michael says:

    It’s great to hear that this tip (in Internet years a very, very old tip) is still helping.

  26. Adrien Lambert says:

    It worked for me on Windows 7 64 bits Professional Edition. Thank you so much!

  27. Pablo says:

    … and still helping! I use now more Studio though!

  28. Andrei says:

    Thanks a lot, saved my evening! 😉

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