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10.4: View web pages in Dictionary Apps
Tiger only hintI recently grabbed a URL from the Address Bar in Safari. My intention was to drag it to the edge of the screen and drop it in Yojimbo's pop-out drawer. Along the way, I accidentally dropped the URL on the Dictionary Window. To my surprise, the web page instantly appeared in the Dictionary!


I am not sure what to do with this. I guess if you need another way to view web pages, just fire up your Dictionary app, and drop URLs for elegant viewing!

[robg adds: I inserted the screenshot above, showing Apple's site loaded in Dictionary. And yes, this just shows that Dictionary uses WebKit to display its pages, but it's still interesting to see. Dictionary makes an awful web browser, BTW (no back button, no favorites, ...), so I'd say stick with your current browser :).]
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10.4: View web pages in Dictionary
Authored by: kirkmc on Apr 17, '06 07:39:11AM

This works in Help Viewer as well, and, conceivably, will work in any app that uses WebKit.



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10.4: View web pages in Dictionary
Authored by: JazzJoey on Apr 17, '06 08:28:38AM

And even more surprising, if you click on a click with a word
in it -bang- it looks up the word !!



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10.4: View web pages in Dictionary
Authored by: gregcaz on Apr 17, '06 08:45:36AM

And if you or some determined user types the complete url into a text editor such as Text Edit then drags and drops it onto Dictionary or Helper Viewer you then have a working browser. Minus favorites and forward and back buttons. Thanks Apple



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10.4: View web pages in Dictionary
Authored by: shift-e on Apr 17, '06 10:14:03PM

I tried to put the url in the dictionary but it doesn't work.

It says no entries found!

Does anyone know why it doesn't work for me.

It doesn't even work in the help window?

I have a 17" Powerbook 1.67 6 months old, 1GB Ram

running 10.4.6 what's up here?

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10.4: View web pages in Dictionary
Authored by: hibou on Apr 18, '06 02:10:31AM

After a bit of trial and error, I found that dropping the url into the search field gives me the definition of http. And if there's anything in the search field at all it won't display the website. so clear the search field and try again -- make sure you're dragging the url into the space where the definition would be.



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10.4: View web pages in Dictionary
Authored by: stocksy on Apr 17, '06 11:08:42PM

Actually, if you use the help viewer, you do get back and forward buttons! Still, this does not make it entirely suited to web browsing.



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10.4: View web pages in Dictionary
Authored by: alexjr181 on Apr 18, '06 10:41:22AM

Who uses Back/Forward buttons anymore?

command+backward/forward arrow
command+L

Using the top bar with a mouse -- OUT
Using the top bar using the keyboard only --> IN.



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