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Friday, June 22, 2007

Changing the shortcut of the dictionary!

This tip is based on a question from Barbara MacLeod about how to change the shortcut that will give you a dictionary in every Cocoa application (doesn't support Carbon apps such as Microsoft Office and iTunes). I read in an article that it was possible to change the shortcut "Ctrl-Command-D" that brings up a dictionary (with the word your mouse is currently over). I found it interesting because I think that this shortcut is somewhat too long to be used on a regular basis. That mini-dictionary is in fact working with the regular dictionary because when you hit "More...", it brings up the full application. So that is where I looked, in the Preferences of "Dictionary". I realized that these shortcuts that apply to every application are not managed in single app preferences, but in the Finder System Preferences. To change the shortcut:

1. Open System Preferences.
2. Choose "Keyboard & Mouse".
3. Choose the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab.
4. Scroll down to the "Dictionary". You will find "Look up in Dictionary" just under.
5. Double-click on "⌘⌃D" and enter the new shortcut that you want!


Thanks for letting us know this shortcut is customizable Barbara!

4 Comments:

Blogger BJM said...

Done! Again, thanks for taking the trouble to explain these techy tricks. (As a result I now feel I am starting to move faster along the learning curve!)

June 22, 2007 at 4:39 AM  
Blogger O633532327506 said...

Awesome tip! Thank you very much

June 22, 2007 at 4:48 AM  
Blogger Kaos Hybryd said...

Whoa. i didn't even know there was a shortcut for the dictionary. Thanks for the tip.

June 22, 2007 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger dragongamegirl said...

Too bad it won't work in the mac version of Word. That's where I could really a shortcut to the Dictionary/Thesaurus palette.

Thanks for the tip, though!

June 22, 2007 at 7:16 PM  

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