Force Dictionary app to stay open?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by superduperultra, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. superduperultra macrumors member

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    Is it possible to force Dictionary app to stay open when the last window is closed? I know it's possible to just hide the window, but sometimes I accidentally close the last window and the app shuts down.

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  2. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Probably not, but you could use the Dictionary widget on the Dashboard instead. I think they use the same data.
     
  3. superduperultra thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, but I would rather not use dashboard.
     
  4. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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  5. superduperultra thread starter macrumors member

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    Now I know the options, what I'm looking for is some kind of terminal command which disables the auto close behavior in the dictionary app.
     
  6. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Assuming that were possible, I'm not sure how you'd get the window back again.

    As frustrating and inconsistent as it is, I think you'll have to adjust to either hiding, minimising, Spaces or Dashboard ;)
     
  7. superduperultra thread starter macrumors member

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    Well there was this other issue that was solved recently by a terminal command which forces dictionary to show definitions in one window (since snow leopard it opened a new window for each definition). The command is:

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.Dictionary ProhibitNewWindowForRequest -bool TRUE
    I'm thinking something similar must exist to configure if an app closes down or remains open when closing the last window.
     

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