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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally System 10.4
Tiger only hintI've read that you can use the Dictionary resources directly in some apps -- but only some (Cocoa and some Carbon) applications.

But here's a way to use this feature globally:

Use the Spotlight box in the top-right corner (hit Command-Space to activate) to type in the word you're looking for, and then use the Control-Command-D combination covered in the linked hint. This way, you get the word's definition regardeless of the application you're using -- without having to launch the Dictionary app. Fast and effective.

[robg adds: While effective, on my machine this hint isn't necessarily fast -- but it seems to depend on what I type. Some words cause Spotlight to lock out my keyboard input for a second or two, meaning I need to wait for Spotlight results to show before hitting Control-Command-D. Other words, though, I can type completely and then hit the key sequence without a delay.]
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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: scotty321 on Jun 10, '05 12:38:21PM

Better to just download iSeek from Ambrosia Software instead! That program is one of the greatest little apps ever written for Mac OS X!



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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: earthsaver on Jun 10, '05 12:47:56PM

In the case of an unsupported application, I think a faster route would be the Dictionary widget on the Dashboard.

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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: lucite on Jun 10, '05 07:11:28PM

In my case the dictionnary appears BEHIND the Spotlight bar (and the listing which appears), thus making it unreadable...



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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: poocat on Jun 13, '05 09:32:02AM

I have this problem too. Wonder what it could be that makes ours appear behind the listing while other people's (to be useful) must appear in front...

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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: wzpgsr on Jun 10, '05 08:15:41PM
Fastest way for me is to use Quicksilver's Look Up in Dictionary action.

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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: enderai on Jun 11, '05 12:03:39PM

If you have Safari open all the time (like I usually do), it's just as easy to do this in the google search field. This has the added the benefit of not needing to wait for spotlight to do its thing.



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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: zane on Jun 11, '05 04:57:33PM

This is exactly what I do too, since Safari is permanently open on my machine.



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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: rpcr on Jun 12, '05 12:21:51AM

Yes, mine too. In fact, to prevent accidentally quitting Safari, I've changed the Quit keyboard shortcut to cmd-ctl-Q.



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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: rong on Jun 16, '05 10:52:08PM

As we (I) wander off-topic.

OmniWeb fulfills the same need, pattern of use, on my system.

Often with several windows open each with a collection of tabs mostly relevant to some topic/subject.

And then Desktop Manager so that this arrangement stays unmolested as I go to and fro with other activities with their own arrangements on other virtual desk tops.

And, naturally, using two monitors. (An old Apple 20" LCD and a new Apple 23" at home, a 15" PowerBook and 21" CRT at the office.)

And the system(s) almost never gets rebooted. Just slept at need.

Life is good.



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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: mahakali on Jul 03, '05 07:21:12PM

You can also drag and drop text (from any application) onto Dictionary's icon (on the Dock, for example).



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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: odinsdad on Oct 25, '05 09:39:10PM

Here is something that I think is pretty darn handy... I use the Logitech Corless Mouse (Cordless Mouseman Optical) and have the logitech control panel loaded. I have programmed (Assigned) the Wheelbutton to Command Control D. Now when I Wheel click on any word on a safari web page or in my email I get a pop up definition of that word without the awkward keystoke.

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10.4: Use the Dictionary lookup feature globally
Authored by: luya on Jul 13, '07 03:39:46PM

i don't have a mouse but dictionary look up is as easy as placing the cursor on a word in any window and ctrl+command+d



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