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    Mavericks Dictionary making every word selectable
    For some reason, Dictionary changed the font of all the words in it to bold and making them each selectable to view their definition. A little overkill. Any ideas how I can change it back to the normal way?

    I'll upload 2 screenshots - one I found online of how it should look, and the other of how mine looks.

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    How it should look:


    How mine looks:


    Any ideas how to fix this?

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    Do you have Tinker Tool or some other app that allows playing with system fonts?
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    Nope, don't have Tinker Tool or anything like it.

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    Have you ever seen anything like this happening? It doesn't seem like Dictionary has any preferences that can be changed, so I'm confused how they could have gotten changed like this.

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    Every word is selectable in the dictionary - nothing changed - that's the way it is.
    I'm only wondering why you have a bold font - that would have had to be changed somewhere else in the system.
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    I didn't remember everything having been selectable before, but it may very well have been. What's frustrating is the bold type. Any idea what font the system uses for this? Maybe re-installing the font will help fix it? That's the only thing I can think of.

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    When did the bolding occur? Use your Time Machine backups to restore the dictionary app back to a point in time when the font was normal. If you haven't been making backups, you're just going to have to figure out what it was that changed the font. The font your dictionary app is using (should be Helvetica 12 pt) is not even the normal system font, bold or not. Something you did or some application you installed changed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    When did the bolding occur? Use your Time Machine backups to restore the dictionary app back to a point in time when the font was normal. If you haven't been making backups, you're just going to have to figure out what it was that changed the font. The font your dictionary app is using (should be Helvetica 12 pt) is not even the normal system font, bold or not. Something you did or some application you installed changed it.
    I think it started a couple weeks ago. I tried the Time Machine backup but it doesn't look like the app itself is the issue because the current Dictionary I have, and the one in Time Machine, was created in August 2013. It has to be something dealing with either Dictionary preferences or something with fonts.

    Do you know where Dictionary stores its preferences file? Maybe trashing them can re-create it from scratch?

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    Do you know where Dictionary stores its preferences file? Maybe trashing them can re-create it from scratch?
    I could only find one plist file for the dictionary app but removing it may not help. It looks like it mirrors the general preferences that can be set. Here is where it's located:

    Macintosh HD/Users/your user name/Library/Preferences/com.apple.DictionaryServices.plist

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Here is where it's located:

    Macintosh HD/Users/your user name/Library/Preferences/com.apple.DictionaryServices.plist
    I looked there and in the Preferences folder of the main library but no plist file. Did it change in Mavericks?

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    It's not in the main library. It's in your user library which is hidden by default. I should have mentioned that in my last post. You can unhide your user library by doing this. If removing the plist file doesn't work, post back and I'll suggest something that may work.

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    I saw that in your post and checked both in the main and the user libraries, but no such file. Any other suggestions are welcome.

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    That's strange, I wonder why that particular plist file is missing? Could be the cause of the problem. OK, maybe we can try to do this:

    Download the free application "Tinker Tool" from here. After you download it, you're going to get a warning from the Mavericks GateKeeper. The application is safe and is not malware. I use it myself. Right click on the file and then select open. After it's installed, run it and go to the tab marked "Fonts". It will list the various fonts that are used. You can experiment with it a bit if you like. Click on the box at the bottom that says "Set to default". Maybe that will work.

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    Just tried that, rebooted and opened Dictionary, but no luck.

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