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Using Dictionary

From: Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Video: Using Dictionary

Clever as we may be, a word or concept occasionally drifts by that confounds us. Lion is there to help with the dictionary, a resource not only for looking up words, but finding synonyms and antonyms researching at online encyclopedia, and explaining Apple related technical terms. Let's look it up now by going to Spotlight and launching Dictionary. It's a fairly simple interface. All have you do is enter the term or phrase you are looking for. Let's enter something like, well, Lion.

Using Dictionary

Clever as we may be, a word or concept occasionally drifts by that confounds us. Lion is there to help with the dictionary, a resource not only for looking up words, but finding synonyms and antonyms researching at online encyclopedia, and explaining Apple related technical terms. Let's look it up now by going to Spotlight and launching Dictionary. It's a fairly simple interface. All have you do is enter the term or phrase you are looking for. Let's enter something like, well, Lion.

If you have the All button selected, it will look not only in the dictionary, but also the Thesaurus, Apple's website, and Wikipedia. Also below the word you've searched for are related words. So let's check out each one. So here's Dictionary. A nice illustration of a lion, we click on that link, you can see an expanded version of the illustration. Click Thesaurus and you see related words. Lionhearted. It's an adjective, it will give you the definition, plus it has the antonym there.

So it has cowardly as the antonym or the opposite. If I click on cowardly, then I moved to yet another word and I can navigate back by clicking on the left arrow. Apple's resource, it tells us what Lion is in Apple's world which is, of course, the name for Mac OS X version 10.7. And then click on Wikipedia and you see this very long Wikipedia entry about it. All these blue lines indicate that these are links, so you can further your search simply by clicking on links, and again you can work your way back by clicking on the back arrows.

If you like you can select text. You can copy it and paste it. One other thing to note, however, the Dictionary is built into the OS, so it works in other places. So for example, it's what's helping to autocorrect your text in TextEdit and helping you in that same regard in Mail, for example. And Dictionary is also tied to other applications.

So if you need to look up the definition, just use the Dictionary shortcut and I'll show you how that works again. We go into Safari. I want to look up debuted. So I'll double tap with three fingers on that word and up pops Dictionary. Again, this is all just built into the Mac OS and so Dictionary is being used to define this word for me, using that double tap with three fingers gesture. So Dictionary is great not only as a standalone application, but also as a future that's built into Mac OS X.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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