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The Dock Menu, Item By Item

This section is for your reference: it tells you what each command in Spell Catcher's Dock menu does. To access Spell Catcher's Dock menu, right-click, control-click, or click-and-hold Spell Catcher's icon in the Dock.

Note: The Dock menu is especially useful in those applications that don't support the Services menu, or if Spell Catcher's input method is not currently active.

Spell Catcher Dock Menu

Check All

Displays the Check Selection window, checking the spelling of all text in the active window.

Check Selection

Displays the Check Selection window, checking the spelling of the selected text in the active window. See Check Selection for more details about using Check Selection.

Check Selected Word

Displays the Check Word window, with suggested alternate spellings for the word that is highlighted in the active application.

Look Up Selection

When you want to consult Spell Catcher's impressive collection of built-in reference books-such as its definitions dictionary or thesaurus-this is the command you want. If you've just typed the word you want to look up, and Interactive Checking is on, the wording of the command changes to reflect the last word you typed (it might say, for example, Look Up "fishy"). You can also highlight any word you've previously typed and then choose Look Up Selection from the Input menu.

For a complete discussion of the Look Up command, see Look Up.

Find Selection in References

When you choose this command, the Find in Reference window appears, showing you a list of reference files that contain the selected word.

New Shorthand for Selection

This command creates a new shorthand, using the currently-selected text as its expansion. The new shorthand is created in the most-recently added-to Shorthand Glossary document for the current language.

Modify Selection

Use this command to mass-edit chunks of highlighted text in almost any program. You'll be asked how you want to change the highlighted material-make its quotation marks curly, change it from all capitals to standard capitalized text, and so on.

For a complete discussion of the Modify Selection command and its options, see Modify Selection. For now, simply note that you must highlight some text in some program before using this command; otherwise, you'll produce nothing more than an error sound.


This command summons Spell Catcher's Preferences window. This window is the supreme command center for the program; it's where you indicate exactly how you'd like each Spell Catcher feature to behave.

Tip: The preference settings you make in this window can be either universal-in effect in every program-or unique to the Mac program you were running when you chose the Preferences command from the Input menu. Begin each session of changing preference settings, therefore, by clicking the Applications button in the toolbar to display the Applications drawer and select either Universal or the applications to which you want to apply special preference settings.

Spelling References...

This command opens Spell Catcher's Preferences window directly to the References pane.

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