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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices Apps
Until 10.7 was released, the only English language options in the Dictionary utility were for US English.

We've now got options for British English. There are now both the Oxford Dictionary of English 3rd edition © 2010 and the Oxford Thesaurus of English 2nd edition © 2006.

It's not immediately obvious that more options exist due to the new scroll bar display.

Open Dictionary (it lives in /Applications in case you didn't know) and select Dictionary » Preferences. Scroll down the list of options and enable the two British options. Then click on them and drag them to the top so they take precedence.

You can leave the two existing American options enabled for the odd occasions that they might be useful. This tip pre-supposes, naturally, that British English is a better choice for you than the US dialect.

The other options previously available in Snow Leopard appear to remain largely unchanged. (The New Oxford American Dictionary has been upgraded from the 2nd edition to 3rd.)

[crarko adds: Nice to have the new options for our friends across the Pond.]
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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices
Authored by: Geobunny on Aug 15, '11 07:57:04AM

Brilliant tip! Thank you.

Looks like these invisible scrollbars are just going to keep picking up more and more casualties! There needs to be some way to make it more obvious that more content is available - the brief scrollbar flash when the window loads is too quick to notice most of the time.



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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices
Authored by: fido on Aug 16, '11 07:04:02AM

To show scrollbars always:

System Preferences -> General -> Show Scrollbars: Always



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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices
Authored by: David Allen on Aug 16, '11 08:39:50PM

They do not have to be invisible, you can turn the scrollbars on all the time in System Prefs/General.

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Dah•veed |David Allen|
Monterrey, NL, Mexico



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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices
Authored by: mistertim on Aug 15, '11 07:49:36PM

Perfect. Thanks for the tip!



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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices
Authored by: Picbod on Aug 16, '11 05:33:41PM

Good tip. It works for some but not all applications though.

Pages refuses to accept the word 'colour', suggesting the Americanised 'color' instead. Delving into its writing tools dialogue for the Dictionary and Thesaurus options, it shows that it's using the British Dictionary yet still quotes the Americanised version as the main option and the British spelling as an alternative.

It does this with all words that have a different spelling in the American lexicon.

I don't want alternative spelling in my writing; it's an uneccessary distraction to my writing, and to my readers should some misspellings slip through.

I've even gone to the extent of removing American English as an option in the Dictionary's System preferences, however Pages just bumbles on following its own tune, Americanising everything.

To those who don't think it's a big deal. Here are the instances of words that I've used in this comment that Pages insists on Americanising: Colour, Dialogue, Alternative and of course, Americanising. OK, so I made up that last word but the Pages' dictionary insists that it is Americanizing.

Sigh

Adrian Malloch
Auckland
New Zealand




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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices
Authored by: ceej on Aug 17, '11 09:57:11PM

I believe you just need to set your System Preferences: Language & Text: Language setting to the desired language rules. As a test, I set the top language to British English and Australian English and it insisted that I (mis)spell "color" as "colour." (You need to restart apps for the new setting to take effect.) Also, make sure that in the Text settings tab you set "Spelling:" to "Automatic by Language."

I now done set it back to regler cuzz, ya know, I's speek 'meracun. But it dun't know how spell dem werds neether.



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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices
Authored by: Picbod on Aug 19, '11 08:53:11PM

Thanks ceej, that worked after following your suggestions followed by a restart.



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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices
Authored by: Eau Ciel on Aug 16, '11 11:40:23PM

Any suggestions for a French Dictionary? Can one be installed in the same place as the English ones?



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10.7: Improved Dictionary choices
Authored by: dzurn on Aug 19, '11 07:11:54AM
Ask, and ye shall receive.

Sometimes.

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Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change.


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