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GhostBear5 Calculating status...
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May 23, 2010 3:48 PM
Yeah, my dictionary scroll bars are missing. Resizing the window doesnt help, arrow keys/mouse wheel wont work. Ive logged out on safari, Ive removed that file from the cache, and it is STILL not working.
iMac, White Macbook,, Mac OS X (10.6.3), None
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,230 points)
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    May 23, 2010 4:37 PM (in response to GhostBear5)
    AFAIK, there's no connection between Apple's Dictionary app and Safari. Are you talking about the Dictionary.app that resides in /Applications?
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,230 points)
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    May 23, 2010 5:12 PM (in response to GhostBear5)
    Sorry, I have no idea what a wiki account is, nor what their dictionary might be about. I suggest you contact the wiki webmaster.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,230 points)
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    May 23, 2010 10:53 PM (in response to GhostBear5)
    OK. So the Safari and wiki account were red herrings. In Apple's Dictionary, you're correct, the scrollbars don't work with any Wikipedia entry. I have no idea how to solve it, since that's something I rarely use. All I can suggest is that if you want to report this issue to Apple's engineering, send a bug report via its Bug Reporter system. To do this, join the Mac Developer Program—it's free and available for all Mac users and gets you a look at some development software. Since you already have an Apple username/ID, use that. Once a member, go to Apple BugReporter and file your bug report. The nice thing with this procedure is that you get a response and a follow-up number; thus, starting a dialog with engineering.

    According to http://smartassism.com/blog/post/Dictionaryapp-in-Mac-OS-X-Snow-Leopard-scroll-b ug-for-Wikipedia.aspx there's no fix.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • dvdrums Calculating status...
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    May 24, 2010 9:37 PM (in response to baltwo)
    Chiming in to say "me too" with the Dictionary scrollbars. Unfortunately as a writer it's something I use regularly and the missing scrollbar is driving me nuts.
    24" iMac6,1, Mac OS X (10.6), 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • aduffbrew Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    May 24, 2010 11:02 PM (in response to GhostBear5)
    I found this solution on the MacRumor forum:

    1. From your browser, go to Wikipedia's main page and log in. Use the "remember me" feature. (Register if needed)

    2. In the upper right corner, click on "New Features."

    3. Under "Take Me Back" section found in the lower middle of the next page, click the "click here" indicating you would like to turn off the new features.

    4. Fill out their little survey asking why you want to turn them off and update.

    That's it. The next time you access dictionary.app, the scroll bars will be working under the Wikipedia section.
    MacBook 2,1, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Lucky13 Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
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    May 25, 2010 5:24 AM (in response to GhostBear5)
    The scrollbars on my copy of the app have disappeared as well. I just checked another Mac running Leopard (10.5) and the scrollbars aren't there either.
    20" iMac, black MacBook, Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Daffy Duck mousepad
  • dvdrums Level 3 Level 3 (715 points)
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    May 25, 2010 6:42 AM (in response to aduffbrew)
    Outstanding, thanks very much.
    24" iMac6,1, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • RichardF Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    May 25, 2010 7:17 AM (in response to aduffbrew)
    Thanks aduffbrew. That worked for me.
    15" MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,545 points)
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    May 25, 2010 10:40 AM (in response to aduffbrew)
    Just like to add that your response worked for me too. Excellent.
    iMac 20" 2.4, Mac OS X (10.6.3), With La Cie 500GB external HD
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,230 points)
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    May 25, 2010 12:54 PM (in response to aduffbrew)
    Thanks for that. The article I cited in my previous post is inaccurate, since this fix worked for me, restoring the scrollbars for the Dictionary app.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • Sandra Foster Level 4 Level 4 (1,460 points)
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    May 25, 2010 1:33 PM (in response to aduffbrew)
    I must be doing something wrong. I've gone through these steps both in Firefox and in Safari, and I still don't have scrollbars in Dictionary's Wikipedia. In step 4, you say to "update" — that's the only part I couldn't see a button or other option to do. Is that where I've gone wrong?

    Thanks!
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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,230 points)
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    May 25, 2010 1:54 PM (in response to Sandra Foster)
    Sounds like it. AFAIK, there was an update or submit button on the survey page.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
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