The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

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!


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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