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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.
Now let's take a look at Dictionary, which we will launch via Spotlight. And here's Dictionary. Now we've seen evidence of it in Spotlight as we've defined words, and it will also occasionally help us with misspelled words in applications such TextEdit. It's fairly intuitive. All you have to do is type the word you're looking for in the Search field. Let's enter Spotlight. And if you have All selected, you'll see the various sources. So we have Dictionary, Thesaurus, Apple, Wikipedia.
But if I want to search a particular resource, I can select just Dictionary and I see the dictionary definitions here. Thesaurus, which will show you the synonyms and sometimes the antonyms. Apple has its own definition for Spotlight. It's the search technology. We can also go to Wikipedia. You can add other resources by clicking on Dictionary and then choosing Preferences. For example, if I wanted the Oxford Thesaurus of English, I select it and then that appears here as another resource. Down at the bottom, you can look at pronunciation, U.S. English Diacritical or U.S. English (IPA).
If you're in another country, these options will be different. Now, handy as the Dictionary is, you don't need to open it in many cases. So let's quit Dictionary. I'll launch TextEdit. I'll create a new document. I'll select the word I want to define and press Control+Command+D. It turns the board yellow and up pops the definition. Optionally, I can select the word, TextEdit > Services, and under Searching, choose Look Up in Dictionary.
This launches the Dictionary application, and I get my definition. And that's Dictionary, generally more helpful as a service that's available to other applications, but offered as a separate application as well.
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