The BEST way to use dictionary - Seriously!

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  1. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    I'm posting this because people seem to still be using the Dictionary Dashboard Widget. There is a MUCH better way (in browsers, mail, apple apps etc)
    Here's what you do:

    1. Open up the dictionary app in Applications (note DO NOT move it to another (nested) folder - it needs to be in the Applications folder only)
    2. Go to preferences and make sure "Open Dictionary panel" is checked
    3. Close the app.
    4. Now hold down ctrl-apple and hit D. Keep the ctrl-apple held down and then move your mouse over a certain word like: improvement
    5. Voila - one of the best thing ever!
    See attachments for this working!
     

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  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    #2
    Yeah, this has already become one of my favorite Tiger features - it doesn't work in everything, but it is almost universal.
     
  3. James Philp thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Of course, it doesn't work in MS Office - like it ever would - GRrrrrr
     
  4. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    Will it still look up all my favorite 4 letter words and vulgar slang? :p
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    #5
    Seems to work on most if not all of them!
     
  6. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816

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    Holy cool, I had no idea one could switch between diacritical and IPA. I know, nerdy to the hilt, but seriously. Wicked. :)
     
  7. rendezvouscp macrumors 68000

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    #7
    What are those options?
    -Chase
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    #8
    control-⌘-D on the words for the definitions! ;)

    BTW, can anyone figure out how to get a screenshot of the dictionary popup in action? Seems to disappear whenever I try.
     
  9. Jalexster macrumors 6502a

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    Use Timed Screen with Grab.
     
  10. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Excellent - thanks!
     
  11. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    #11
    Try this:
    Command-Shift-4, followed by Command-Control-D, then click on a word; the definition will pop-up. Now mouse over other words and the definitions will pop-up like rollover buttons. =P
    Click on a non-text area to turn off the mouse-over behavior.
     
  12. James Philp thread starter macrumors 65816

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    not as useful IMO as just command-control-D (then hold down command-control) and just mouse over words.
     
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  14. billyb macrumors member

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    no firefox either

    sure wish it worked with Firefox...
     
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    True, but Office already had its own one before Tiger....
     
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    Thanks James – I knew about this feature but couldn't for the life of me get it to work. I like to tidy away my apps into neat little folders but didn't realise it would break the dictionary. I've moved it back and problem solved!
     
  18. James Philp thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sorry but the office one sucks! I have to ctrl-click, get a bunch of options (about formatting yada yada yada) and then go to dictionary, it then opens up a separate panel (as it always does) and has the definition then - rubbish implementation! You can't just mouse over words like with the apple version.
     
  19. James Philp thread starter macrumors 65816

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    #19
    Yeah, it's a bugger. Hopefully a small fix in the future.
     
  20. Wes macrumors 68020

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    Just for clarification, this only works in Cocoa applications right? That's what I think determines whether this will work or not.
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, that's true. It's also been around for a year and a half though! ;)
     
  22. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    #23
    Hey, thanks for the tip. Now if this could only be used in Office 2004, it would be really useful for me.
     
  23. sourcemonkey macrumors regular

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    thanks for the tip. it will be of use, but i generally use the widget-dictionary before i type the word (if i don't know the spelling)... copy... paste... done.

    The best way NOT to use the dictionary is to read more.
     
  24. fabsgwu macrumors regular

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    You can also right (ctrl) click on a word and select define, it pops up with the dictionary app. P.S. You can now print documents from the finder via contextual menu :)
     
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