Control+Apple+D problems.

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  1. edcoche macrumors regular

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    I was reading Lifehacker's top 10 things you forgot your mac can do and I saw that if you press Control+Apple+D the build-in dictionary will look up words for you. For some reason I cannot get this to work. I press cmd (the apple button right) + control + D and mouseover random words in safari--nothing happens. Am I doing this wrong? I wasn't aware of this feature until just today.

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  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You've got to have the word highlighted. It's just the same as right clicking on the word and choosing "Look Up in Dictionary"
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    The word doesn't have to be highlighted, but you do have to have the cursor over the word when you hit Ctrl-Command-D. You can't hit the key combo and then mouseover.
     
  4. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Just worked for me. What machine do you have, and which version of OS X?
     
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    maybe you're not doing it quite right. the mouse should already be hovering over a word before pressing cmd-ctrl-d. if you keep holding the cmd-ctrl together, you can move the mouse around and get live definitions for each word you hover over. if you're still not getting it, then something's wrong.

    *edit* wow, slow gunner today. :eek:
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Just tried it and you are 100% correct, fantastic :D
     
  7. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Incorrect...you can hit the combo and then mouseover.
     
  8. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    You can just mouse over the word don't have to have it highlighted, in fact you move the mouse while it is held down.

    edit: Too slow

    you can.
     
  9. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I can't get that to work. Works fine if the mouse is over the word when I hit the combo but no matter how fast I move the pointer after hitting it now lookup...

    Edit to add: xUKHCx is correct: holding down the combo and mousing around is super cool :D
     
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    That's never worked for me. As siurpeeman says, I can hit the combo and then mouseover if I continue to hold down control and command. But if I hit and release the combo while over blank space, it doesn't work.
     
  11. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    no, you can't. if the mouse isn't over a word and you press the key combo, moving the mouse to the word won't give you a definition unless you're still holding command and control together.

    edit: i give up. i'm too slow today. :(
     
  12. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have a Blackbook 2.2 with 10.5.2 and it is still not working. :confused:
     
  13. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Which Application?
     
  14. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

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    safari
     
  15. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Strange works for me in Safari.

    Try:

    1) Push Control, Command, D all together
    2) Release D but not Control or Command
    3) Move the pointer over a work and stop moving the pointer
     
  16. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm.....nothing. This is odd. The only application that is running is Safari. I do have speed download enabled but I disabled it and that didn't do anything either. All of the other shortcut keys seem to work like cmd+space, cmd+c, cmd+v, cmd+z, cmd+tab, cmd+click (for a new tab), etc.
     
  17. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    If you highlight a single word (double click on it) then right click the word can you do the dictionary lookup from the context menu?
     
  18. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, it loads up dictionary and shows it there. Which looks different than the example on Lifehacker's top 10 page. Do I need to enable something to get this working within Safari? I have Safari version 3.1.1

    EDIT: So I went to Dictionary's preferences and I clicked open dictionary panel for the Contextual Menu setting. It now shows definitions in Safari but cmd+control+D is still not working.
     
  19. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Was just about to post about the Dictionary preferences. Not sure exactly how the cmd+control+D thing is implemented as it's some sort of system service. You might need to restart Safari, or even the whole machine...
     
  20. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am not sure it safari related. It should work in iChat and Mail too but it does not. Is there a place under the system preferences that lists all of the hotkeys for viewing and customizing?
     
  21. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I went to my local :apple:apple:apple: store and the staff had no idea how to get this simple shortcut combo working. Some of them were not aware of the shortcut to begin with. Their only suggestion was that I re-install leopard--which seems like a drastic move for such a small problem. So I ask again, in case someone never saw my tread, any suggestions? :confused: Any sort of troubleshooting advice will be appreciated.

    -Ed
     
  22. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i looked up an apple discussion page on google, and one person was able to get the functionality back through a re-installation. another user (the second to last post) was able to get the function back through some toggling in the system preferences. i don't know if it'll work, but you can read about it here.
     
  23. edcoche thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey thanks! I'll see if this helps.
     
  24. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    I don't use Safari, but a quick way is to press command-space to activate Quicklook, then type in the word you want. A definition will come up.

    I use command-space all the time to launch apps / folders / docs. Pruning the Quicklook categories in System Preferences to remove the junk helps make it 10x more useful.

    My personal favourite is to go to a Google searchbox (could be in Firefox or Safari) and type in define:<word>

    That gives you a list of definitions, different viewpoints on the meaning of a word, and catches more obscure words and mis-speelings than anything else I've tried.

    Google's spell checker often gives me the right spelling for words that Leopard's spellchecker just can't work out what I'm trying to spell.
     

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