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10.4: Launch Dictionary via Safari keyboard shortcut Web Browsers
As was mentioned here before, you can look up words in Dictionary if you have your dictionary already up and running. But what if you don't? Here is a quick way to call the Dictionary.app from Safari.

Bookmark a web page; say this one that you're reading right now. Then go to your bookmarks and find the URL that you have just bookmarked. Replace the text under the Bookmark title with something relevant, like Dictionary, and the URL under the Address with dict:///. Now add your modified URL into the Bookmarks Bar, at the leftmost position.

Now hit Command-1, and there is your Dictionary. Simply start typing your query.

[robg adds: Command-1 works, for those who don't know, because Safari automatically assigns Command-1 through Command-9 to your first nine non-folder bookmarks.]
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10.4: Launch Dictionary via Safari keyboard shortcut
Authored by: wallybear on May 25, '07 07:49:26AM

I Cannot understand why you don't use the Ctrl-Apple-D shortcut, that works in all Cocoa applications: highlight the word you want to lookup in dictionary, leave on it the mouse cursor and press Ctrl-Apple-D: a popup window will show the dictionary definition, and you have the choice to search more (the "More..." on the bottom-right corner of the popup).



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10.4: Launch Dictionary via Safari keyboard shortcut
Authored by: beepotato on May 25, '07 08:43:07AM

Actually, you don't even need to select the word. Just putting the mouse cursor over it (and then pressing cmd-ctrl-d) is enough.



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10.4: Launch Dictionary via Safari keyboard shortcut
Authored by: mcmikemn on May 25, '07 08:44:03AM

I agree. And Quicksilver has "triggers." I assigned a hotkey to the action of launching the dictionary application (which is slightly quicker than typing "<cmd><space>dic"). I also created a trigger to look up the current selection in dictionary - this opens the definition using OS X's dictionary service, not the Dictionary application, but it's still great and super quick.

- Mike



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10.4: Launch Dictionary via Safari keyboard shortcut
Authored by: matthewroth on May 25, '07 10:54:18AM

I have to agree. so what if you pull up dictionary then u have to type the word in. too much time. stick with ctrl-apple-d

now if there is a way to get more real estate for the appl-1-9 option that would be great



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Just use QuickSilver
Authored by: dbs on May 25, '07 08:17:00AM

command-space dic return

All of the "quick access to..." hints should just reference using QuickSilver, Butler, or LaunchBar. They all do all of these things from a unified interface. There's no way that I can remember to go to Safari and type command-1 if I want to look up something in the dictionary and then go to another app and type another thing to get something else. If I want a dictionary I just type "dic" and it appears. All I have to remember is command-space. Same with macosxhints. Just type "maco" and it shows up.



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Just use QuickSilver
Authored by: tapella on May 26, '07 08:20:46PM

With QuickSilver you can actually look words up without even launching the dictionary by doing:
command-space
.
[type in word to define]
tab
dict
enter

It looks complicated but after you activate QuickSilver, '.' puts it into text input mode. Then you can do actions on the text including looking it up in the dictionary or thesaurus.



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10.4: Launch Dictionary via Safari keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Old Toad on May 25, '07 09:42:49AM

Or just right click (Control-click) on a selected word and that brings up the dictionary.



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10.4: Launch Dictionary via Safari keyboard shortcut
Authored by: pamon on May 26, '07 04:17:23AM

And when you're done Command-H to hide the Dictionary.



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