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Cocoa Dictionary


Your Mac has a built-in dictionary that works in your Cocoa applications with a keyboard shortcut. Cocoa applications are kind of tricky to identify without using developer tools. If you know an easy way please post it in the comments. Anyway – you can always try the shortcut, which is Control+Command+D. In Cocoa applications you’ll get a pop-up defining the word under your mouse pointer.

Cocoa DictionaryThere’s a comment thread on gizmodo about this feature. Posters there mention that it doesn’t work if you move your Dictionary application out of the Applications folder. Since this is a Monday post at Murphy Mac – where we try to help the beginners and switchers – we’re going to recommend against moving applications from your Applications folder.

Software update probably won’t update applications it can’t find in that folder – which is a good reason to leave them there. The dictionary loses a function if you move it. And who knows what happens if you move your other applications.

But maybe you’ve rearranged your applications so the folder isn’t so cluttered. There are other ways to handle that. Tune back tomorrow and we’ll make a custom Applications folder and add it to your Dock. Without breaking Software Update or the Dictionary.

There’s a brief screencast in case you’re away from your Mac and want to see this feature in action. Using the dictionary Murphy finds out what Murphy means.

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2 comments to “Cocoa Dictionary”

  1. A nice shortcut if you use dictionary a lot is to assign a function key to it that you rarely use; change it in System Preferences>Keyboard & Mouse>Keyboard Shortcuts. One key is quicker than three.

  2. I agree – Control+Command+D is somewhat challenging. I don’t like three keys for hiding Photoshop either. Thanks.

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