HELP text


Dr Tick-Tack - doctor and patient medical app 

Copyright © David Sephton 2016-2018

Read this Help text

It is important to read this Help text carefully so you can understand how to use the app and how to get the most benefit from it.

Hide the Help text

You can hide the Help text by tapping the back-button. This is one of the 3 buttons on the base of your device. It is the button on the right side.

To display this Help text again

Click the "Doctor & Patient” icon in the top-right corner of the Search screen.


After reading this Help text, tap the back-button to hide it, and display the Search screen.

Search screen

In the top-right corner is the "Doctor & Patient” icon for displaying this Help text. In the top-left corner is the blue Tick-Tack icon for selecting languages. Between them is the Search box with the words "Enter search text".

The Language screen

Clicking the blue Tick-Tack icon opens the Language screen. This is where you select the languages you wish to use. Tap the back-button to return to the Search screen.

Green down-arrow in front of the © notice

Clicking this arrow opens the glossaries box containing 4 word-lists:   body parts, illnesses, medical words and useful words.

To select languages

Click on the blue Tick-Tack icon to display the Language screen. The top section selects the Source language. The bottom section selects the Target language or languages. Tap the relevant languages to select or de-select them. Tap the back-button to hide the Language screen and return to the Search screen.

To select sentences

Tap "Enter search text" to display the keyboard. Then type a word that interests you:  3-4 letters is enough: mig (for migraine), kid (for kidney), pai for pain. It then displays all sentences containing those letters.  If it finds very many sentences, it is best to type the full word.

Source language in blue

The Source-language sentence is highlighted in blue. The target language in green. You can scroll up and down through all the sentences selected. Click the back-button to hide the keyboard.

To create a list, and add sentences to it

To create a list of sentences, to save it and to insert into it more sentences that you select, tap on the sentence that you want. This puts it on its own on the screen, resizes the text, and "captures" the one sentence that you tapped - in the source and destination language(s), and it inserts it automatically into your Gmail or other email without you seeing it being done. Press the back-button to clear the screen and return you to the Search screen.

Add more sentences to the list

To add more sentences to your list (being built up in Gmail/email) tap ”Enter search text” to open the keyboard and search for another sentence. It may display a number of sentences. When you decide the sentence that you want to add to your list, tap it to select it. This puts it on the screen, on its own, resizes it, and automatically inserts it into Gmail/email.  In the same way, continue adding as many sentences as you want.

Tap the final sentence a second time

When you have selected all the sentences that you want in your list, tap the final sentence a second time when it is on its own on the screen. This displays the Share screen, offering you various options. Click Gmail or email. You will see, listed, in both languages, all the sentences that you have selected.

To study the complete text

Tap the back-button to remove the keyboard in Gmail/email so you can see the entire list of sentences in the form that they will have if you send it by email to your laptop or PC. Just add your email address. It is a great advantage to be able to edit and print using a PC or laptop. That is why we did not include an editing facility in the app. Just add your email address to the message and click the Send button.

If you want to edit the text, do it on your laptop or PC

It is best to do any editing of the text once you have emailed it to a PC or laptop. Of course you can delete any sentences that you do not want.

Editing the email

When the email arrives in your laptop or PC you can copy it to a text-editor, change the font etc and print it out.  You may want to use copy-paste to put the target-language sentences together as one text and the source-language sentences into a separate text.

To hide the Share screen

Tap the back-button to hide the Share screen and return to the Search Screen. Remember that the Search screen only works if the copyright notice is clearly visible.

Add more sentences if you wish

When you are back in the Search screen you can then select new sentences. If you have not already “sent” the email, you can add new sentences to it. But if you have already pressed SEND, and dispatched the email, then you cannot add new sentences to it.

Press the Left Button to CLEAR ALL

Once you have created your text with as many sentences as you need, and have sent your email message, it is best clear the present texts. Press the Left button.. This is one of three buttons on the base of your device, on the opposite side to the back-button.  Pressing it displays a message “CLEAR ALL”. Tap on it.  This removes all current texts from the Gmail/email box, and from your device, and resets your languages. It is very important to use CLEAR ALL when you have done what you want, otherwise some left-over words or sentences might suddenly appear in your next session.

Alternative answers

Some sentences are divided into sections preceded by two forward-slashes:  "//". These sections are to give the user alternative answers that they may expect to hear, or alternative items that they may wish to use.

The app remembers the languages selected

The language screen should remember the languages that were last ticked, even after the device has been switched off - but not if you tap “Clear all”.  On some devices this may not work reliably.

What the app finds

The program finds words containing the letters typed - in any of the source or target languages selected. You can type letters in most of the languages - including Chinese and Japanese, also using PinYin and Romaji, if your keyboard is configured for them. The app offers sentences and glossaries (wordlists) in 30 languages, once the subscription is complete. More languages will be added from time to time. Uzbek is available in Cyrillic and Latin scripts.

Foreign letters

If you have a Russian or Greek keyboard you can type Russian or Greek letters and the program will find words containing those letters. Similarly Armenian letters or accented letters in any of the languages. For some languages you may need to slide the space-bar. For others you may need to access Settings and select the keyboard language.

Choose unusual groups of letters

In selecting a word that you need to find, try to type combinations of letters that are unusual, not just the initial letters of the word.

Finding "allergy"

If you want to find "allergy" you could type:  a or al or all, etc. But each of these will also find many other words containing the letters typed.


If you type "rgy" the program will find "allergy" more quickly and not display large numbers of irrelevant words or sentences.

4 glossaries

The Dr Tick-Tack app contains 4 glossaries (word-lists):

- parts of the body: words like arm. leg, heart, blood, vein, etc

- illnesses, injuries and pains: words like measles, fracture, rash, itch     -  - medical terms: words like ambulance, bandage, medicine, etc

- useful non-medical terms:  words like advice, urgent, worried.

Words from any of the glossaries can be inserted into the text  as you  are creating it. You can also insert words into the correct place after sending the text to your PC or laptop. To find a single word it is not necessary to use the glossaries. If you type the word just like searching for a sentence, you will find it. but you need to type nearly the full word, otherwise you may display lots of unwanted sentences.

To select a word from one of the glossaries (word-lists)

Tap the green down-arrow just before the copyright line.  This displays the names of the 4 glossaries (word-lists). Tap the one that seems most likely to contain the word you want to use. Then tap “Enter search text” to open the keyboard.  When you type a few letters in the word that you want, the search will be made in the glossary that you selected.

To find another word in the same, or in a different, glossary

If you want to find another word, or several words, from the same glossary, or from a different glossary, you must tap the green down-arrow EVERY time. After you have searched for a word in a glossary, the next search will always search in the sentences - unless you again tap the green down-arrow.

Finding an item by typing its code

You can also find a word, or a sentence, if you just type its code-number, but it must have the correct initial letter. All sentences, numbers and dates start with a letter from A to T. All glossaries start with U, V, W, X or Y. If you use a few sentences often, you will probably remember their codes. Typing a code finds what you want faster than typing a word.

Creating your medical history

This app is great for creating your medical history by calling up a series of relevant details and dates. Having created it in your mother tongue (which creates it automatically in your target language) you can then recreate it in more languages by simply typing the code-numbers used in your initial medical history. And you can edit it and add extra details.

Text-editing facility

We are not including a text-editing facility in the app because we find the email option in the Share screen is just as useful. Sending your text to your PC or laptop enables you to insert new sentences into your Medical History, or edit it and change the layout of the text. Doctors can add their own personal notes or comments to the text. You can also do some editing while the text that you created is still in the email, in Share. You can send the email to yourself in the device that you are using. This gives you a permanent record.


Further information about the Dr Tick-Tack app, including this Help text, is available on the Tick-Tack web-site:

1 March 2018


After reading this Help text, tap the back-button to hide it, and display the Search screen.