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I just accidently discovered that if you need to know how to spell a particular word while typing in a TextEdit document, you don't have to highlight and control or right click on the word you're trying to get the correct spelling for. You can simply leave the blinking cursor inside the word and press the Command-period keys. A list of spelling options will appear.

[robg adds: This trick works in most Cocoa applications, and it's just an alternative to the more-common shortcuts (Option-Escape in 10.3 and Escape in 10.4). If someone can test Command-period on 10.3, please post your results.]
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Another way to view spelling options in Cocoa apps
Authored by: edmb on Nov 16, '06 08:20:12AM

I had only used the method of right clicking or ctrl clicking on a selected word. When using esc or command-. I found that the words suggested depend on where in the word you place the cursor. The farther into the word the cursor the more limited the number of options suggested.

Perhaps most people already knew this but it's new to me.



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Another way to view spelling options in Cocoa apps
Authored by: dsanfili on Nov 16, '06 08:23:55AM

This is a new one to me. I tried it in Mail and it works beautifully in a New message, but doesn't seem to work in a Reply.



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Another way to view spelling options in Cocoa apps
Authored by: Spartacus on Nov 16, '06 08:42:48AM

Actually, this is word completion, not the spell checker. When you type Command-., you will get a list of word starting with the characters to the left of your cursor.



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Worked in TextEdit but not in Mail
Authored by: fizik on Nov 16, '06 08:50:39AM

Worked for me in TextEdit, but not in Mail (2.1, Tiger 10.4.8), even in a new message - not a reply.



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Another way to view spelling options in Cocoa apps
Authored by: rbates on Nov 16, '06 10:23:50AM

In TextMate, you can hit option-F2 which brings up the contextual menu containing the spelling suggestions.



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Another way to view spelling options in Cocoa apps
Authored by: jacobolus on Nov 16, '06 11:29:39AM
> If someone can test Command-period on 10.3, please post your results.

No, this isn't going to work. Apple just made it so that the "cancelOperation:" selector does the same thing as "complete:", when there's nothing to be canceled. In case you're wondering, Rob, this is about the biggest hack ever, and seeing this hint made me laugh out loud. :)

For more on how these sorts of things work, my article is still the best source I know: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~jrus/site/cocoa-text.html

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Another way to view spelling options in Cocoa apps
Authored by: donquichote on Nov 19, '06 12:31:03PM

The first thing I thought was you're making quite a lot of noise ("my article is still the best source...")

After I read your pages I must say, you're right – and I'm glad you did.

Thanks!



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Another way to view spelling options in Cocoa apps
Authored by: osxpounder on Nov 18, '06 12:51:08AM

What a cool hint! Thanks!



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Another way to view spelling options in Cocoa apps
Authored by: ephramz on Nov 20, '06 12:27:08PM

It works in Mail but only if you are in the MIDDLE of a word, not at the end, which isn't super useful. So if you have the cursor between the 'i' and 'c' of 'complic' and hit escape you should get a popup menu list of words including 'complicated', but if you have the cursor after the second 'c' of 'complic' you just get an error beep. Wish it worked for word completion at the end of the word like in TextEdit.



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Another way to view spelling options in Cocoa apps
Authored by: garratt on Dec 19, '07 02:01:05PM

I'm using 10.4.11.

I tried the tip and it works great for me. Something I'll use.

I placed the curser at the end of words for options and after cons (looking for constitution).

So I went looking and found it works in.
iCal 2.0.5> Events & To Dos
Apples mail 2.1.2>
iPhoto 6.0.6> Search



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