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OS X: Quick Pop-Up Dictionary

OS X now contains a very helpful, pop-up dictionary. It works in textedit, safari, and terminal.

My spelling is horrible. After reading a few of my tutorials, you are probably laughing at my vocabulary as well. Apple is trying to help poor souls like me.

Highlight a word in OS X and press ctrl-cmd-D. If you are in a supported application, a dictionary will appear under the word. My own testing shows that this works in Safari, textedit, and terminal. Yes, terminal.

popup dictionary for os x

I do not understand why Apple did not include this helpful feature in mail and calendar. Maybe that’ll be added in the Snow Leopard version.

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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