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Here is the closest thing to an idiots guide I can offer. This requires running Zim from source. I know this works with Zim 0.60 on Windows XP 32 bit and 64 bit but you must use 32 bit python. I do not know if this works for Windows 7. According to Jeff this is working with a Windows 7, 64 bit.
Create a copy of [zim_root]\zim.pyand rename the copy to [zim_root]\zim.pyw(the .pyw extension allows launching without a shell).
Do one of the following:
a. add the installed location of Enchant to the windows path. eg: C:\Python26\Lib\site-packages\enchant (this is my preferred option) or
b. Edit [zim_root]\zim.pyw, add import enchant at the top with the other imports
Start zim using [zim_root]\zim.pyw --standalone (January 2013, starting with 0.58 the --standalone tag is required)
Here are a couple additional tips that helped Jeff
Use "en_US" for United States English. The dictionaries are part of the Enchant install and should be someplace like:
There should be several .dic files and .aff files. The Zim configuration uses the name (without the file extension) of the .dic files.
To get Zim to run from the source code without also having a DOS window open you need to use the .pyw extension however, to get Zim to start from the .pyw you need to include "--standalone" in the start command. The easiest way to do this is to create a windows shortcut and in the Target field include the --standalone argument. For example my shortcut has target (quotes included):
"C:\Program Files (x86)\zim-0.60\zim.pyw" --standalone