Last Updated: November 04, 2017
· dayjo

Disable Dictionary Definition shortcut key Mac OS-X

I got fed up of not being able to use the 'control+command+d' shortcut for applications.

Normally it just brings up a definition of whatever you've selected;

Dictionary Definition on Mac OSX Mavericks 10.9.1

There appears to be no setting that will turn this off in system preferences, but you can do so by running the following in your terminal;

defaults write AppleSymbolicHotKeys -dict-add 70 '<dict><key>enabled</key><false/></dict>'

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Thanks for this tip.

In Mavericks you can change this via "Keyboard Preferences", then the "Shortcuts" tab, then "Services" (on the left side), and then "Look up in Dictionary" under the "Searching" category. I'm new to OSX, so this may not be widely available.

over 1 year ago ·

This doesn't seem to work on High Sierra, even after reboot

over 1 year ago ·