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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Searching more efficiently in the dictionary!

This is for the Leopard version of dictionary. The dictionary on Leopard includes searching on Wikipedia by default. This changed the way I use the dictionary because if you keep "All" selected so that it searches both the Dictionary and the Thesaurus, it will also search Wikipedia and slow everything down. The way I do it now is that I switch between Dictionary and Thesaurus to keep everything going fast. The disadvantage is that I have to use the mouse to switch. There is a very cool Safari-like keyboard shortcut however. Just like how you can access bookmarks in Safari, using "Command-0", "Command-1", "Command-2" and so forth, will switch dictionary instantly. It is obvious which shortcut goes with which, because it follows the order like in the top bar.

4 Comments:

Blogger Scott M. King said...

You can also turn off Wikipedia in Dictionary's preferences, and it will only search locally when you choose "All".

December 11, 2007 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Peter Garner said...

Thanks for this tip! I usually find these things myself by trolling the menus, but for some reason, I didn't see this one. This will make my life a whole lot easier!

December 12, 2007 at 6:58 AM  
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December 12, 2007 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger zeeman said...

I'm new to mac world, one week with iMac and enjoying a lot so far.
I tried the Dictionary. It's bad.
I tried a simple word 'similar' for thesaurus. gave me only TWO almost the same words: similarity and something else almost the same.
What kind of thesaurus is this ?

January 25, 2008 at 5:53 PM  

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