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While onCue is downloading please take the opportunity to read the tutorial below.

Once the save dialog appears click OK...

A 'Save As' file dialog appears. Select a location to save the file in and press OK. A progress dialog should appear showing the file being downloaded...

Once the download has completed locate the file using Windows Explorer and double click it, this will run the automatic installation program...


The text below describes what you can do once onCue has downloaded. Read it now whilst onCue is downloading.

This text is repeated in the onCue help file that is part of the onCue distribution.

Do let us know what you think of onCue.


Step 1 - Starting onCue

If onCue is not already running, start onCue by double clicking on the onCue application. You will find onCue in the aQtive folder where you installed the software, and on your desktop and in the start menu if you checked those options.


A small window will appear in the top right corner of your screen. Initially the window will only contain feedback and help icons. These direct you to the onCue documentation and feedback pages.

As you work, these icons will change reflecting your current focus of activity.

Try double-clicking on the aQtive icon (the swirly one in the dark grey box) - the onCue window will shrink to a small icon.

Try clicking on this aQtive icon just once - a menu will appear. Notice that the bold item on the drop-down menu is 'Expand to Window'. This is the double-click behaviour of the icon. All the icons in onCue work this way: a single click gets a drop-down menu; a double-click (or a second click on the same icon) performs the default menu action. Click on the icon again or select Expand... from the menu (don't select Exit just yet!) to return onCue to its full size.

The onCue documentation is also available from the 'Help!' item on the aQtive icon drop-down menu.

Step 2 - Using onCue

onCue works by looking at information that is copied to the clipboard, and suggesting things that you might want to do with that information.

onCue works with all applications that support copying and pasting, for example Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Office and the majority of other desktop applications.

Try selecting (highlighting) one of the words in the following list (by dragging your mouse over it, or by double clicking on it) and then copy it to the clipboard (by choosing Copy from the application's Edit menu, or by typing CTRL-C):

  • advantage
  • example
  • mistak

Some icons, similar to the ones shown on the right, should appear in the onCue window. These are service icons and represent things that onCue thinks might be useful to you at this point in time. Its suggestions are based on the information that was copied to the clipboard.

You may recognise many of the icons, but if you don't, simply move your mouse over the icons and a tooltip will appear. The words in bold text are the title of the service. The sentence underneath explains what will happen when you double-click on it.

The icons shown in this example are all Internet services: search engines (Yahoo!, Ask Jeeves, AltaVista, Deja and HotBot) and various others (Encyclopedia Britanica online and an online dictionary.)

Double-click on one of the icons using the left mouse button. A web browser window will open and, if you are currently online, the results of a search or query on the word that you selected will appear shortly.

If you click just once on the icon, a menu will appear. Often these menus will only contain one option, but some services offer more than one option.

If you have a copy of Microsoft Office 97 installed, and you selected a misspelled word such as "mistak", you will see a further icon appear suggesting corrected spellings.

Notice how the tooltip and the menu have a divider with the word 'copy' on it. This means that this service has some information available for you to copy back to the clipboard. In this case, you will find a list of corrected spellings. On the menu, these items appear in italic. This means that when you select them, that word will be copied onto the clipboard so that you can paste the corrected word back into your document.

Now try copying the following table:

                   Floppy Banana Fruits (1000's tons)
                Y1Q1    Y1Q2    Y1Q3    Y1Q4    Y2Q1    Y2Q2
apples           12      15      17      19      17      15
bananas          21      20      21      22      23      24
clementines      26      25      24      20      17      20
dates             6       7       7       3       7       6

This will give you the result of adding up the numbers (SumIt), and a suggestion to draw a 'dancing histogram' (double-click to get the histogram and then try clicking over the histogram bars).

If you have Microsoft Office 97 installed then you will also get a short-cut to draw an Excel chart.

Step 3 - Working with onCue

onCue has been designed to be left on the edge of your screen as you work. It will suggest things to do when you copy things in the course of your everyday tasks.

This version of onCue understands words and short phrases, UK postcodes, web addresses (URLs), peoples names, countries, and a few other interesting things. See the reference guide for a full list of the services that onCue provides.

onCue has been designed not to get in your way or distract you. If it does, you can either shrink it to an icon (see step 1) or move or resize it.

To move onCue, simply click and drag on the aQtive icon or the light gray window background.

To resize onCue, just place your mouse pointer on the outside border of its window and click and drag the window to the size and shape that you would like it.

Once you start to use aQtive onCue, we hope you will never want to stop, but, if at any stage you do want to exit onCue, just click on the aQtive icon once and then select 'Exit' from the menu.

If you really like using onCue, you might want to make it run automatically when you first startup your computer, by placing a shortcut in your startup folder

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