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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live' System 10.4
Tiger only hintWhen running a Cocoa application, you can control-click on any word and select "Look up in Dictionary" from the pop-up menu. This will invoke the new Dictionary application, which will define the selected word. While this is handy, there's an even quicker method (undocumented, as far as I can tell).

Instead of selecting the word, hover the mouse over the word and press Command-Control-D. This will pop-up a a mini-dictionary at the mouse location, containing the word's definition, as seen at right.

Also, if you keep Command-Control pressed, the popup definition window will follow the mouse, showing a definition of any word the mouse visits.

[robg adds: If you prefer the mini-dictionary to the full-blown window, you can make even a "normal" lookup use this style -- just go into Dictionary's Preferences and set the Contextual Menu button to "Open Dictionary panel." Just for fun, I made a short movie of the rapid-fire lookup feature. If you're not running 10.4, you'll still need QuickTime 7 to view it, as I used the H.264 codec to encode it.]
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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: xavierbdm on May 03, '05 10:50:04AM

Now how do we plug in other dictionaries (not every one needs English every day...).
I know the answer must be not too far, but this is too bad there is apparently not any documentation on this

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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: cynikal on May 03, '05 11:28:15AM

I am not sure if it really works with all cocoa apps. For example, Terminal.app is a cocoa app..

$ otool -L /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/MacOS/Terminal
/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/MacOS/Terminal:
/System/Library/Frameworks/Cocoa.framework/Versions/A/Cocoa (compatibility version 1.0.0, current version 11.0.0)

but cmd+ctrl+d doesn't work in it. What gives?



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: adrianm on May 03, '05 11:37:41AM

AFAIK, it works in any WebCore view or NSTextView.
Terminal uses neither.



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: Viridian on May 03, '05 12:44:57PM

Doesn't work in Safari either.



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: Shawn Parr on May 03, '05 02:55:34PM
Hm, it works in Safari for me. Make sure you have a word highlighted if you want to use the contextual menu, otherwise the Dictionary option will not appear.

The command-control-D trick works as well.

I took a screenshot.

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Not in Safari for me
Authored by: captainhaddock on May 04, '05 03:14:06AM

I can't get it to work in Safari. Cmd-Ctrl-D does nothing. It does work in Textedit, however.



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: bjmorgan on May 04, '05 11:52:59AM

I notice that if I move the Dictionary application elsewhere, then the functionality of this features is gone. Is there anyway around this?



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: murali1080 on May 29, '05 01:20:09PM

Try creating an 'alias' or a link at the original location pointing to your new location...



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: MtnBiker on May 03, '05 11:39:20AM

Finally one of the promises of the Internet and personal computers realized. Easy dictionary access was always supposed to be available, but it never seemed to easy to use and seemed to constantly change or disappear.

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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: ahunter on May 03, '05 12:46:22PM
Years ago (1994!), I used a program called WordWorks which came as part of a wordprocessor/DTP application called Impression Style (a piece of software that I still miss terribly). Wow, weird that a new operating system can actually make me nostalgic :-/

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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: FACEMILK on May 03, '05 01:17:11PM

This dictionary is local (/Library/Dictionaries). No internet needed.



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: bigbold on May 03, '05 11:45:52AM

Any idea how to resize the popup dictionary? It's ridiculously small. A bigger font size would be nice too, and the font size in the preferences doesn't affect the popup (or its size).



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: kettil on May 03, '05 03:36:53PM

My favorite tiger feature, easily. Also, if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel (or several buttons), as I do, you can probably map the said button to display the dictionary window (through the mouse drivers or usb overdrive). Very handy!!



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: akakie@acsalaska on May 03, '05 06:32:05PM

I discovered this works in Safari but not in Firefox.



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: dpcoffin on Jun 11, '05 01:48:51PM

Hmmm... Works for me in TextEdit, but not at all in Safari; wonder why?
btw, dragging selected text blocks from Safari to TextEdit is pretty quick...well, it is with a big monitor (or with 2). Seems like less trouble than the Spotlight idea for me anyway.



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: zane on May 03, '05 06:45:10PM
(undocumented, as far as I can tell)
The only place I could find reference to the CTRL-CMD-D shortcut was under the 'Keyboard & Mouse' prefpane, 'Keyboard Shortcuts' tab (one of the first places I usually look when installing a 'new' OS).

Great feature and by far one of my favorite new Tiger-niceties.

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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: heliosnorf on May 03, '05 09:25:42PM

Well, Apple screwed up.. I use the dvorak keyboard layout instead of qwerty, and sure enough, command-control-d *doesn't* work for me. I had to think for a minute to remember where the 'd' key should be on a qwerty keyboard (it's the 'e' key on my keyboard), and sure enough - command-control-e *does* work. So this hint should be changed to command-control-third key from the left in the middle. That is assuming you use a normal keyboard of course. ;-)



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: jporten on May 04, '05 12:05:00AM

Keyboard prefs, my friend. You'll note that we Dvorak users are simply listed as Command-Control-E. Change it to D, and you're all set.

Note to you PowerBook QWERTY users -- much easier to hit the "H" key (D for us) since it's on the right hand while Command-Control are on the left. One more good reason to give Dvorak a spin.



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: kirkmc on May 04, '05 03:14:30AM

Yeah, but it's interesting that it's mapped to the "D" key in Dvorak; in other words, the key that shows as D on my keyboard (which, in my Dvorak layout, is E).

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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: Crusty on May 04, '05 04:54:53PM

For some reason, I can't get this to work in any application, with either the keyboard shortcut or contextual menu item. I've tried Safari, TextEdit, OmniOutliner and a couple others. It doesn't work at all for me. Any ideas as to how I can fix it?



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: Crusty on May 04, '05 04:57:28PM

Nevermind. I figured out the problem. I had moved the Dictionary app into another folder, so it wasn't working at all. Is there a way to get around this so I don't have a bunch of apps cluttering up the base directory?



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Language Dictionaries
Authored by: bronxred on May 08, '05 05:08:59PM

I know someone already posted a message about how it would be nice to have other dictionaries installed (or choosable) based on the language one uses, but it would be an IMMENSELY useful and popular tool for them to include translation in this tool. Imagine learning to read Spanish, for example, as an English speaker...and being able to just hover over the words you don't know on a page to learn what they mean. This is actually the key part of one of the most productive language learning systems out there.

Please, Apple! Or if anyone learns how to add this functionality, please post the hint!

Thanks so much...
J



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: hillbilly on May 15, '05 03:11:16PM

I can't seem to move from word to word once the dictionary panel is up - The Control key, if held down in any combination, will drag the window, not the panel.



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: ZZamboni on May 20, '05 05:13:19PM

You have to release the D, maintain Cmd+Ctrl pressed, and then the mouse can move (at least in my PB), and the dictionary popup will follow. You also can use this to use the scroll bar in long dictionary entries.



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10.4: Use the Oxford Dictionary 'live'
Authored by: desmondism on Sep 20, '09 07:32:21PM

some questions:

1. can i still use this in snow leopard and safari 4? how? safari isn't cocoa anymore, right? i hope there's a workaround for this, as this has been one of the most useful hints in my normal computer use

2. i can't remember how i was able to do it (i must have seen a preference panel somewhere to change the settings), but i had command+option+"D" set as my keyboard shortcut. if it is indeed still possible to use live definitions in snow leopard, can the shortcut also be changed? i've found using cmd+opt+"D" to be much more convenient (i press cmd and opt with my thumb, then hit "D" with my index finger) than having to use three fingers for vmd+ctrl+"D"

thanks in advance!



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