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Pages '09 no longer will access dictionary/thesaurus in "writing tools"

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robertfromhigh point Calculating status...
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Jul 26, 2011 11:17 AM

I got Pages from the App Store last month. I got the upgrade just before Lion launched. I installed Lion. All worked fine til yesterday. Then Pages stopped accessing the dictionary/thesaurus in "Writing Tools." Then I had quite a few crashes -- some other settings like my Desktop changed. I can boot up and didn't lose any data that I know of. Any suggestions about linking the dictionary/thesaurus to writing tools as it was meant to? Thanks!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Dale Gillard Level 5 Level 5 (4,365 points)

    I'm not sure what you mean by "Pages stopped accessing the dictionary/thesaurus in Writing Tools". Do you mean that the menu Edit > Writing Tools > Look Up in Dictionary and Thesaurus is no longer available?

     

    If so, make sure you've got Pages in the correct folder on your hard drive. It should be in the /Applications/iWork '09 folder. If it's not, move it back.

     

    If this isn't the cause the simplest solution is to delete your iWork '09 folder and download it again from the Mac App Store. You can download deleted apps from the Mac App Store by clicking on the Purchases icon in the toolbar, locating the app and clicking the INSTALL button. This should reinstall the latest version of Pages on your Mac and fix the problem.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    Dale

  • Dale Gillard Level 5 Level 5 (4,365 points)

    The menu Edit > Writing tools > Look up in dictionary and Thesaurus uses Lion's Dictionary app. Can you check if this is in your /Applications folder? Thanks.

  • Dale Gillard Level 5 Level 5 (4,365 points)

    Thanks for checking the Dictionary app was in place.

     

    > I can drag a word to this Dictionary icon from Pages,

    > but it doesn't have all the "replace" features that were working before.

     

    If I've understood you correctly, I can't do this either. That is, I can't choose text in the Dictionary app to replace text in a Pages document.

     

    Maybe I'm not understanding you as this sounds like Find & Replace feature. Perhaps you could give us an example of what you're trying to do so I can better what's happening?

     

    Thanks.

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)

    Hello

     

    May you try to run Pages from an other user account ?

    If it behave well in such case, we would know that the culprit is in your original account.

    It would be intetesting to :

    quit Pages

    drag its two preferences files :

     

    <startupVolume>:Users:<yourAccount>:Library:Preferences:com.apple.iWork.Pages.pl ist

    <startupVolume>:Users:<yourAccount>:Library:Preferences:com.apple.iWork.Pages.LSSharedFileList.plist

     

    on the Desktop

    Then restart the app.

    It will built new preferences files and with a bit of luck everything will work OK.

     

    If third party extensions are installed on your machine (betterTouch for instance) try to disable them.

    There was a BTT update two or three days ago but maybe they didn't get rid of every oddities.

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) jeudi 28 juillet 2011 15:53:25

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.0

    My iDisk is : <http://public.me.com/koenigyvan>


    Please : Search for questions similar to your own before submitting them to the community

     

    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)

    robertfromhigh point wrote:

     

    it doesn't have all the "replace" features that were working before.

     

    That sounds like you are talking about the spell checking system, which is totally separate from Dictionary/Thesaurus.

  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)

    Did you applied what I wrote about the preferences files ?

    If I understand well, you tried to insert an other copy of Pages and to reinstall the system on itself.

    If I am right, the preferences were not changed in both processes so if they are the wrongdoerrs, it's logicall that the problem continue to strike.

     

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) jeudi 28 juillet 2011 17:12:49

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.0

    My iDisk is : <http://public.me.com/koenigyvan>


    Please : Search for questions similar to your own before submitting them to the community

     

    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !

  • Simon UK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem.

     

    I am using Lion, pages 09.

     

    Click on a word, chose Look up in Dictionary and Thesaurus, nothing happens

  • Manifestao Calculating status...

    CONTROL+COMMAND+D is the solution. Make sure your mouse is hovering over the word. Selecting it will not produce the result you want if your mouse has moved since you selected it, oddly.

     

    Also, oddly, the contextual menu (right click, or control click) does not produce the popup menu. But control command d does. who'd a thought? still a bug i hope apple fixes. it's silly to have a menu item nonfunctional. But then Lion has so many bugs i can't get into it right now. But as a legacy Apple user and onetime evangelist, i'm pretty freaked out. not that i'd ever switch, but it's very disappointing.

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