The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

A workaround for another bug in the dictionary!

This is actually a workaround for another bug I found in the built-in dictionary. There are quite a few words in English that come from French, Spanish, German or many other languages that contain accented characters. The dictionary included with the OS includes these words, but it looks like there is a bug in the search feature. Here is an example:

You are searching for the word "touché". If you enter "touché", it doesn't appear to be part of the dictionary:

But, if you enter "touche" without any accent, the word "touché" with an accent pops up in the search results.

After searching using many different combinations, I found that the best way is to simply enter the equivalent non-accented character.


Blogger Zeviet said...

Thanks! Keep 'em coming :]

October 14, 2007 at 1:21 AM  
Blogger paul said...

I can't seem to find a Thesaurus in Mac. Where to look please?

October 14, 2007 at 2:37 AM  
Blogger Georgios said...


first of all thanks for the great tips you post here daily. Keep up the good work. The bug you're referring to probably has to do with the language setting when the word was input in the dictionary. I have come to this realization accidentally myself when doing searches in different languages. Although some letters/characters are universal, they are treated differently. So if touchè was typed using French layout, it wouldn't be found when typing in US or UK or any other!


October 14, 2007 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

The dictionary is actually both, see my screenshot.
Just click on either dictionary or thesaurus.


October 14, 2007 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger paul said...

Thanks Jane. You got me searching and I finally got it to work by playing with the dictionary preferences

October 14, 2007 at 12:23 PM  

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