Look up in Dictionary in contextual menu!!!

beatle888

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wow.

i just highlighted a word in my browser window and contextual clicked on it and selected "Look up in Dictionary".

very nice.
 

Sean7512

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I gets even better...Hold down all at once these keys: Apple, Control, and D. Then move your mouse over a word. Hows that for wow??!!
 

Sean7512

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Not sure...I know that there are a few threads about stuff like this, just not sure where they are, just look around...tons of tricks are hidden in here scattered about.
 

PlaceofDis

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Abstract said:
I didn't know about it either, so shush. :)
i heard about it only a little while ago myself....

on another note, anyone know what apps this works in? i know Safari but what other ones? is is limited or System wide?
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Applespider said:
IIRC, it works in any Cocoa applications but not the Carbon ones.
That's right. It comes in handy in apps like Mail, Adium, Conversation and TextWrangler. I think that as long as the app supports OS X native spellchecking it also supports the Dictionary "trick". :)

Edit: He-he, it even works on "open" text fields in iTunes... :D
 

beatle888

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UPDATE

i just noticed that if you dont have the dictionary prefs set correctly it wont display as a small window. check it out.

In the dictionary application set prefs as below.
 

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Lacero

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Sean7512 said:
I gets even better...Hold down all at once these keys: Apple, Control, and D. Then move your mouse over a word. Hows that for wow??!!
And if you continue holding down Control+Command, you can mouse over other words to get their definitions.
 

beatle888

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Lacero said:
And if you continue holding down Control+Command, you can mouse over other words to get their definitions.


insane.



but i hope everyones useing that preference i mentioned cause this mini tabbed window pops up instead of the large dictionary application launcing.
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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beatle888 said:
UPDATE

i just noticed that if you dont have the dictionary prefs set correctly it wont display as a small window. check it out.

In the dictionary application set prefs as below.
That's for the context menu you get when ctrl/right-click (edit: you also have to mark the word, which you don't need with the ctrl-cmd-D). Shouldn't affect the ctrl-cmd-D way of getting the panel. I actually prefer to have the panel come up with ctrl-cmd-D and the Dictionary.app to launch from the context menu. It gives me more flexibility... :)
 

beatle888

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thanks Mitthrawnuruodo. that does give you options and both of them are quick. any other gems? i cant believe how perfect that works/looks. does windows do anything close? this is just as cool as spotlight in its own way. ok, i'll stop posting about this. it just looks so good and works perfectly.
 

PlaceofDis

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Applespider said:
IIRC, it works in any Cocoa applications but not the Carbon ones.
thank you very much for letting me know, i guess thats why it doesnt work with Camnio....
 
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