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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Completing a word!

A great tip submitted by Frank Boer: Completing a word! When you're typing in a text editing application such as Pages or TextEdit, it is possible to get a pop-up with all the possible words that you might writing. So if you are in the middle of writing a complex word, instead of checking it out in the dictionary or writing it wrong and correcting it with the spell-check feature, you can easily use that feature by hitting "Esc". A drop-down box will pop-up. You can simply highlight the correct word with the arrows and hit "Tab" to keep it. Thanks for the great tip Frank!

12 Comments:

Blogger zoe said...

Wow. Vital, thank you and Frank!
There was actually a moment I thought there should be something like this when you right-click a word.

How can you submit a tip? I find interesting details from time to time.

July 11, 2007 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Scot Kamins said...

Also works in Apple Mail. Lovely tip!

July 11, 2007 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger scoot1331 said...

to zoe click the little letter icon right under the picture. It will open your default email srvice with the email ready to be typed.

-Scott

July 11, 2007 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Jack Squat said...

One great tip there! It makes lots of typing so much easier for me. Great! Thanks for sharing it with us!

July 11, 2007 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Earl Grey said...

I have to quote zoe. "Wow".

It doesn't seem to work when typing in text boxes in Safari, which is a shame.

July 11, 2007 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger peter said...

wow... this is great, never thought the esc button would be this usefull (^_^)

July 12, 2007 at 2:09 AM  
Blogger Alon said...

umm.. about that...
does anyone know a way to have spellcheck fully activated all the time like in Firefox? I'm not that good in english and I need it to tell me when I'm wrong without too much clicks!

July 12, 2007 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

nice tip!! thank you again!

July 12, 2007 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Melanie Scicluna said...

Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 12, 2007 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Ok, I feel a bit stupid. Tried it in Pages and it doesn't seem to work. What am I missing? I started to type a word, pressed "esc" before finished it and nothing happened. Did it in a word that spellcheck had underlined in red, also, nothing. Anyone that can help me out?

July 13, 2007 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger len said...

For someone like me, who has trouble spelling, this is super. Thanks

July 13, 2007 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Earl Grey said...

alon,

OS X has a system wide dictionary, which works in all cocoa apps (and some non). If the program you are using supports it (Mail, Safari, iChat, AdiumX, Stickies, et cetera) you can turn it on by ctrl+clicking the mouse in the program window, highlighting "Spelling..." from the contextual menu and clicking on "Check spelling while you type". This should turn on in-line spell check and you will see the little squiggly red lines under miss-spelled words.

You can also select a full spell check option in the contextual menu that will bring up a spelling wizard that will check your entire document.

July 13, 2007 at 3:12 PM  

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