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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dictionary/Thesaurus Auto Completion!

A great tip submitted by Tristan Bolton: Dictionary/Thesaurus Auto Completion. I use the Dictionary/Thesaurus Mac Widget all the time and I have found a cool option that allows me to see all the possible answers. You can type in any word and part way through you can press the esc key and it will show you a list of possibilities. Thanks for the tip Tristan!

16 Comments:

Blogger Zevie Tannenbaum said...

Great Tip, appreciate it. Btw, where can i share a tip with u?

August 12, 2008 at 4:06 AM  
Blogger Jersey RV said...

It did not work for me. Is there an option to turn on?

August 12, 2008 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Zevie Tannenbaum said...

Try clicking on the tip, and hitting Command R, to refresh the widget, might work?

August 12, 2008 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Didn't work for me either. I use this widget daily and never had the option of the drop down. I refreshed and still no change.

August 12, 2008 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Jillian said...

Hitting F5 made it work for me!

August 12, 2008 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Zevie Tannenbaum said...

Maybe try going to the + sign on the bottom left, and adding it again?

August 12, 2008 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Zevie Tannenbaum said...

BTW, it works for all the widgets that have a search field

August 12, 2008 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Tijl Vandersteene said...

Thanx! I love tips like this.

August 12, 2008 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Johannes said...

This generally works with most auto-complete fields in Cocoa applications.

August 12, 2008 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Well sure it works if you follow the instructions. Thank you.

August 12, 2008 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger lucas said...

yeah pressing f5 works (i'm using tiger). also works like exactly the same on all cocoa apps.
Great tip! keep it up.

August 12, 2008 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger rafa said...

something similar happens when you hit esc while changing the name of a calendar on ical. Im not sure what the function of it is though.

August 14, 2008 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Can someone provide the exact link for this widget.

August 15, 2008 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Zevie Tannenbaum said...

@ Chuck

The program is included in the with your Mac. To add it, just open the widgets, and on the bottom left there is an + sign. Click on it, and scroll through it untill you find one called Dictionary. You can either click on it, or just simply drag into where the rest of the widgets are, either way. You can now use the dictionary. To remove the widget, just click the + sign again, and an X will appear by each widget. Just click on the X sign and the widget will vanish. A short cut to delete the widget is just to hold the option key over the widget and the same X will appear.

Hope this helps,
Zevie

August 16, 2008 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger adam said...

if you use the dictionary app (I keep it in the dock) it's faster to access and load, and it auto-completes after every keystroke.

October 6, 2008 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger adam said...

if you use the dictionary app (I keep it in the dock) it's faster to access and load, and it auto-completes after every keystroke.

October 6, 2008 at 5:15 PM  

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