Pages ’09: Escaping into Spelling Suggestions

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Pages has a secret way to access spelling suggestions from the keyboard. That’s reason number 7,642 why I love it (take that, Microsoft Word, as there are only two reasons why I love you, and both involve you not being installed on my computer). Wanna learn how? There may be a way for you to do that, and it may involve you reading this tip. Whoops. I’ve already said too much.

So in Pages, start typing a word that you can’t remember how to spell. For me, that’s usually one that has a lot of double letters. Is there one S? Are there two? That’s what I have a computer for, along with browsing Reddit. Anyway, when you’d like Pages to offer you suggestions, hit the Escape key.

No matter how much of the word you’ve typed in, you’ll get a list of possible spellings. The only time that you won’t get any hints at all is if your Mac’s dictionary doesn’t find any matches, at which point your machine will make an annoyed noise at you. 

To exit the word picker, hit the Escape key again. If instead you’d like to select a choice from the list, double-click it, and that word will fill in all proper-like. You can also use your arrow keys to highlight your word and hit Enter, or you can just hit the spacebar after you’ve made your selection.

You can use this in Keynote, too, if it strikes your fancy. And for you plain-text mavens, this tip also works in TextEdit. I really wish I could use this in Mail, as I find spelling suggestions pretty useful these days. You know, as my mind starts to go. Or maybe the way to phrase that should be “as my mind finishes going.”

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15 Comments Leave Your Own

Lee Dronick

It seems to be Lion only, I can’t get it work in Snow Leopard.

Great tip, another gem found in the Lion Mine.

Gareth Harris

In Snow Leopard, this also works on Bean and TextEdit, but not MS Word.

mhikl

Quote: (take that, Microsoft Word, as there are only two reasons why I love you, and both involve you not being installed on my computer)

I?d pay big bucks to see Melissa in the ring with Balmer. I’d place my bets on the lady and make my ticket price back in spades.

jscottk

Not Lion only, also works in Pages ‘09 v4.0.3 in Tiger. Hadn’t noticed the pop-up tool tip explanation of the green underlined, grammar errors before until trying this out. Helpful tip.

Melissa Holt

It seems to be Lion only, I can?t get it work in Snow Leopard.

Hey Sir Harry!

I have a Snow Leopard partition, and this worked in TextEdit on that (I don’t have Pages installed there, so I couldn’t test it). Apple’s documentation on the tip was posted earlier than Lion, though. It’s weird that it’s not working for you.

?Melissa

Melissa Holt

I?d pay big bucks to see Melissa in the ring with Balmer. I?d place my bets on the lady and make my ticket price back in spades.

Nah, he’d just throw a chair at me, and all would be lost.

Or he’d ask me to “defragment his hard drive,” and I’d shudder at the double entendre, thus leaving myself open to attack.

furbies

For Mail in 10.6 try option escape

Don’t try command escape, that drops you into Front Row

Lee Dronick

I have a Snow Leopard partition, and this worked in TextEdit on that (I don?t have Pages installed there, so I couldn?t test it). Apple?s documentation on the tip was posted earlier than Lion, though. It?s weird that it?s not working for you.

I will check it out. I was only a sip or two into my first cup of coffee when I tried it.

Melissa Holt

I was only a sip or two into my first cup of coffee when I tried it.

My God, man. Why were you trying anything, then?! I’m useless before about four cups.

Melissa Holt

For Mail in 10.6 try option escape

Oh. My. Goodness. That works in Lion, too.

You are my new favorite person, furbies. Where should I send the celebratory barbershop quartet?

1stplacemacuser

Cool!  opt-esc works on Mail.  I’m generally a good speller, so I rarely would need this service.  But nice to know that I can use it whenever the need arises.

furbies

celebratory barbershop quartet?

Well, firstly you’ll need a plane, (I live in Oz), and secondly it’s just gone 5am here, and a bunch of guys singing at the tops of their voices would likely incur the death penalty for all concerned…...

To quote the automatic doors on the Heart Of Gold
“Glad to be of service” (?The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation)

Lee Dronick

My God, man. Why were you trying anything, then?! I?m useless before about four cups.

It was quiet then, 4:30 AM. I sent the wife off to work and the beagles were still snoozing.

Lee Dronick

Okay this has been eating at me all day and I won’t get to sleep unless I get it out:

Or he?d ask me to ?defragment his hard drive,? and I?d shudder at the double entendre, thus leaving myself open to attack.

Ya need to learn how to counterattack with a retort “That looks more like a floppy disk and not a very big one at that.”

Okay I am soon off to the arms of Morpheus, but first there is a bottle of Carl Strauss’ Octoberfest to drink

Melissa Holt

Furbies, the quartet will arrive at a reasonable hour in Oz. Unfortunately, the song they will be singing is “Who Can It Be Now.” I’m sorry about that.

Oh, Sir Harry . . . you must stop. My sides . . .

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