Fullscreen and Dictionary


(let me know if this is posted in the wrong section. I don’t know if this is a bug, or if the new fully screen can no longer manager this.)

One thing I’m sort of missing from 1.5 to 2.0 is that it seems you can no longer open dictionary (right click on a word, chose dictionary) while in fullscreen. It opens of course, but it takes you out of fullscreen when it does.

It was nice to be able to double check a word’s meaning quickly and stay in fullscreen. Not a huge issue, but just wanted to make sure I didn’t mess something up.

Take care,

I’m assuming that when you loaded the dictionary in 1.5, you got the Dictionary application (which shows up in the Dock). If this is the case, then it will throw you out of full screen. The solution is to load the dictionary application and go to Dictionary->Preferences and change the setting for “Contextual menu” to “Opens dictionary panel”.

Then in full-screen, mode, you can do the CMD-CTRL-d combination to bring up a little panel that works fine with Scrivener’s full-screen. If you just tap on the d instead of holding it down, the panel will stay there until you use the keyboard again or click away from the word.

Thanks! That’s exactly what I was looking for.

Also while looking at the other threads I saw KB had posted that this was something that he changed to happen with applications and it won’t be changed anytime soon. Don’t know how I missed the thread, but glad I posted.

Thanks again Robert!

Take care,

Sorry but I also miss the Dictionary application opening in full screen (which it does in 1.54). I prefer the application to the panel as my eyes ain’t no longer so good.
I also find the contextual dictionary being nested in another layer a bit irritating. With Scrivener, quick access to a dictionary/thesaurus is useful.

You can’t please all of the people all of the time. :slight_smile:

One thing you can do is paste the alias of the dictionary in the notes section and have that open as a QuickRef window. Hitting the link sends you out of fullscreen but then you can go right back in using command-tab to Scrivener and then opt-com-F.

I prefer Control-Com-D combo but then you only get the word you highlighted and if you spell poorly… or type poorly… that might not help.

The above is a pain unless you are the type who eschews the mouse and prefers using the keyboard.