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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions Apps
It has long been possible to pop up a definition of a word by pressing Control-Command-D, but in 10.6, a familiar behavior has been added.

After pressing Control-Command-D, you can release the D key. As long as you hold down Command and Control, the definition stays popped up, but goes away when you release those keys. This is consistent with the dashboard and other click-and-hold-to-display-temporarily features.

[robg adds: Sadly, the ability to customize the Control-Command-D shortcut has been lost in 10.6. It used to appear in the Keyboard Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard & Mouse System Preferences panel, but no longer. Yes, there's still a "Look up in Dictionary" entry there, but that's the one for the dictionary Service, not the pop-up dictionary. If anyone figures out how to change this shortcut, please let us know -- submit a hint, post a comment, etc. I've looked at the app itself, too, and there's no option there. In 10.5, I had it set to F7, which I found much simpler than using the Control-Command-D shortcut.]
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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: phlops on Sep 09, '09 07:57:29AM

This was the case in 10.4 and 10.5 as well.

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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: stephen.m on Sep 10, '09 07:39:40AM

My old user-defined shortcut f5 still works, sort of—it works the first time and once only in Mail (then not again until I restart the app). Doesn't work at all in any other app I've tried, including Safari. Cntl-cmd-d doesn't work at all.



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: fresler on Sep 09, '09 08:23:59AM

I also discovered that if you keep the control-command keys held down and mouse over other words the dictionary pops up for each word. Pretty cool!



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: vertigo on Sep 09, '09 08:55:07AM

Hah! Now that is a neat trick.



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: bnew on Sep 09, '09 08:33:23AM

This behavior is not new to 10.6, it's existed at least since 10.4.



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 09, '09 09:03:20AM
Indeed, if you follow the link there, you will see the following:

Also, if you keep Command-Control pressed, the popup definition window will follow the mouse, showing a definition of any word the mouse visits.


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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: jcbeckman on Sep 09, '09 08:55:34AM

I also programmed my Dictionary to F7 in the past, and that still works. But I can't find a way to change it.



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: foomanchu99 on Sep 09, '09 09:45:37AM
To map the F7 key to the pop-up word definition, add the following:

		<key>70</key>
		<dict>
			<key>enabled</key>
			<true/>
			<key>value</key>
			<dict>
				<key>parameters</key>
				<array>
					<integer>65535</integer>
					<integer>98</integer>
					<integer>0</integer>
				</array>
				<key>type</key>
				<string>standard</string>
			</dict>
		</dict>
to your
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.symbolichotkeys.plist
You can remove the
<key>70</key>
dictionary to revert the pop-up word definition key bindings to its default, ctrl+command+d.

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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: foomanchu99 on Sep 09, '09 09:47:00AM

And oh yeah, you'll need to restart for the changes to take affect.



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 09, '09 03:48:44PM
Thank you. Like many others, I'd like to say to Apple: "Hey! I was using that!"

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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: drmacnut on Sep 10, '09 02:15:24PM

Thanks foomanchu99!



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: S on Sep 09, '09 09:53:21AM

Since upgrading my shortcut is stuck on what it was before: F6. (And F5, my Spaces shortcut, has been mapped to autocomplete. Grrr.)



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: lari on Sep 09, '09 11:47:26AM

If you relase Control-Comand-D before the Popup shows up it will stay visible until you click on the mouse.



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: chengkai318 on Sep 09, '09 04:01:05PM

To gain control-cmd-D back, one can take the following steps

1. From System Preference select Keyboard Preference
2. Select Keyboard Shortcuts tab
3. Scroll down to find Searching, and expand the tree
4. Check the Look Up Dictionary, and click the far right space, and it will allow you to enter key combination you want, in this case you can use control-cmd-D, which will get you back the good old shortcut key back.

This will actually work on all the applications



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10.6: Pop-up and hide word definitions
Authored by: stephen.m on Sep 10, '09 08:32:00AM

My old user-defined shortcut f5 still works, sort of—it works the first time and once only in Mail (then not again until I restart the app). Doesn't work at all in any other app I've tried, including Safari. Ctrl-cmd-d doesn't work, period.



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