Access Apples Dictionary Widget -Word Completion Feature-

August 12, 2007

From Macworld’s site at this page

The Dictionary widget in OS X 10.4 is a convenient (and nice-looking) way to look up the occasional word in the dictionary or thesaurus. Its operation is apparently straightforward—hit F12 to bring up Dashboard, open the Dictionary widget if it’s not currently showing, then type your word into the search box in the upper right corner of the widget.

There are, however, a couple of nuances to this little widget that you might not be aware of. First, as with text in many OS X applications, you can get the search box to show you possible completions based on the characters you’ve typed so far. How? Just press and hold Control, Option, or Command, then press the Escape key, and you’ll see a drop-down list of possible completions. Scroll or arrow down to the word you’d like to use, press Return, and its definition will appear.

This is something that I have wanted for a long time and it was there all along!


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