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    Spelling Aids
    Are there any good spelling and grammer aids such as spell checkers for the mac? Im after a program that will run in the background and check all my spelling i enter in to the computer such as web forms, IM chat windows etc..

    I have tried a few diffrent programs for windows but i am still yet to find one that works well.

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    There is CMD+shift +:
    and you can try:F7 ( This is my function key I can't remember if it is the default Look in System Pref...Keyboard..Keyboard short cuts)With F7 you get a thesaurus too just mouse over any word while typing in any CoCoa application or F5 while typing get you suggestions if you know how a word starts

    I hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kilted1 View Post
    There is CMD+shift +:
    Indeed.

    Command ; = Check Spelling
    Command : (meaning Command Shift ; ) = Spelling... (opens a floating window)

    Works only in Cocoa apps, i.e. Safari, TextEdit, etc.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kilted1 View Post
    and you can try:F7 ( This is my function key I can't remember if it is the default Look in System Pref...Keyboard..Keyboard short cuts)With F7 you get a thesaurus too just mouse over any word while typing in any CoCoa application or F5 while typing get you suggestions if you know how a word starts
    I believe the defaults are:

    Command Control D = Dictionary and Thesaurus pop-up
    Press that over while your mouse is over a word to get the pop-up. You can also hold the buttons then hover the mouse across many words.
    It's set on "Oxford Dictionary" at first. You can select "Oxford Thesaurus" from the drop-down.

    Option Escape = Complete (suggestions for the word that you've started to type)

    Once again, only in Cocoa apps.


    You can find all the keyboard shortcuts by looking at the Edit menu of TextEdit (and other apps).
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    Thanks for the defaults.

    I assigned a function key to make it easier for me to remember the combination....Sorry if I mislead

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    In the Edit menu, under spelling, the last option is "Check Spelling as You Type". That will leave the spell checker on, and automatically underline things it can't find in the dictionary.
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    what are Cocoa apps? is Cocoa a software companie?

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    Cocoa is an application programming interface (API), as in certain apps are written in Cocoa.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoa_%28API%29

    Most apps in Mac OS X are written in Cocoa,
    such as Safari, Mail, TextEdit, System Preferences, QuickTime, Preview, etc.

    Others are written in Carbon, which was made to port Classic Mac OS apps to Mac OS X,
    such as the Finder, iTunes, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, etc.

    You can easily tell which are Cocoa apps by right-clicking in a text field. If you see
    Cut
    Copy
    Paste
    Spelling
    Font
    Speech
    Writing Direction
    it should be a Cocoa app.
    Cog 0.07 audio player - cogx.org
    AAC, AIFF, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MPC, OGG, SHN, WAV, WV, tracker formats,
    VG music formats, cue sheets, M3U & PLS, Growl, Last.fm, Apple Remote
    Latest Nightly Build (0.08) (new interface!) - Got ideas? Report bugs?

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    would third party apps like firefox be cocoa?

    So this built in spell checker would check my spelling in forms using programs like firefox on the fly and underline them for me?

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