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Create a shortcut to the Dictionary from iTunes Apps
Apple iTunes Store's iTunes U and Podcasts area are two great places to learn new things and that begs the need for having a Dictionary handy to lookup all those new words that are coming at you, especially if you are a non-native-English-speaker. Here's one way to gain fast access to Apple's Dictionary app from iTunes:
echo 'tell application "Dictionary" to activate' >> \
~/Library/iTunes/Scripts/Dictionary.scpt;open \
This will create a simple script for you, then open the Keyboard Shortcut panel of the System Preferences. Assign a shortcut to your new menu title -- Dictionary -- in the application iTunes, and you are done. Next time you launch your iTunes you should have a Dictionary button, under the script menu, ready to work with your assigned hot key.
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Create a shortcut to the Dictionary from iTunes
Authored by: DougAdams on Oct 29, '07 10:07:16AM
Or, as it probably goes without saying, just create the script in Script Editor:
tell application "Dictionary" to activate
And save the script to ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts

Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes

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Don't rely on this working
Authored by: boredzo on Oct 29, '07 12:25:13PM

.scpt is the file type for compiled scripts, and you're just putting source code there. There are three possible solutions:

  • Save the script source code as .applescript. (Untested; may not work.)
  • Pipe the source code through osacompile: echo 'tell application "Dictionary" to activate' | osacompile -o $HOME/Library/iTunes/Scripts/Dictionary.scpt (Should always work)
  • Use Script Editor. (What Doug suggested in a sibling comment; should always work)

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