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10.7: Add to Words hidden feature Apps
I was typing in Pages today, and forgot that I had turned my laptop's special F-keys off so I could play a game, and discovered something interesting.

If you are typing a word in any supported apps (Pages, Keynote, Numbers are what I have tried, there are probably others), and then press F5 (at least on a laptop) in Lion, then a menu will pop up with any other words in the Mac's dictionary that what you have already typed could be included in.

To expose this option, go to System Preferences » Keyboard and check 'Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys.'

For example, when you type the word world, then press F5, the menu will show 'worldly,' 'worlds,' etc.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. F5 is the standard Cocoa Text System 'Complete current word' function, that's often masked by the alternate uses of the function keys.]
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10.7: Add to Words hidden feature
Authored by: edjonesy on Feb 23, '12 07:39:31AM

looks like it works in 10.6.8 too, in apple apps, tried safari and textedit an it works in those.

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10.7: Add to Words hidden feature
Authored by: MikeMIkeyMike on Feb 23, '12 08:11:15AM

You don't have to make the changes to System Preferences. If you prefer, you can type Fn+F5 to complete a word.
It works in the search box of Safari too.



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10.7: Add to Words hidden feature
Authored by: geoffliang on Feb 23, '12 08:12:39AM

Pressing esc works too...

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10.7: Add to Words hidden feature
Authored by: scottcn on Feb 23, '12 08:29:39AM

Of course, if you don't want to turn off the special function key mapping, you can hold down the "fn" key and hit F5 to get the same functionality.



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10.7: Add to Words hidden feature
Authored by: wombatsandwich on Feb 24, '12 03:06:00AM

same feature in Outlook 2011 but its Command-.



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