How to Create a Thesaurus Shortcut on a Mac

Thesaurus – a website that offers a well-thought-out synonym for every word you type in. It is a convenient tool for all writers out there. And, if you have used it once, you know what I am talking about. So, having a keyboard shortcut for accessing Thesaurus on your Mac would be an excellent addition. This article will show you how can you do that in less than 5 minutes.

If you have ever used the shortcut for Thesaurus on Microsoft Office, you know that it can be accessed with the key combination Shift + F7. And, if you are asking is it possible to replicate that on your Mac, the answer is YES. Here you can see how to do that on your Mac.

How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for Thesaurus on Your Mac

By default, you can access Thesaurus on your Mac by pressing Control + Click, then choose Look Up from the menu. However, if you are used to the shortcut from Windows Office, here are the steps for adding your keyboard shortcut.

  1. Click on the Apple logo on your Mac status bar and choose System
  2. Now, click on the Keyboard. (If you can’t find it, you can type “Keyboard” in the search bar.)
  3. Open the tab Shortcuts and in the left panel choose App Shortcuts.
  4. Now, click on the “+” sign and a new window will open up.
  5. Select All Applications in the first field, to make the shortcut accessible from every app. Additionally, if you want to make a shortcut just for a specific app, select your app of choice.
  6. In the Menu Title field type the following “Look Up in Dictionary.”
  7. Now, choose the keys for the shortcut. In my case, I set the same keys that Microsoft Office uses for this shortcut – Shift+F7.

This shortcut opens the Dictionary / Thesaurus / Apple / Wikipedia window. And as Thesaurus say, provides you a well-thought-out synonym for your word.

Feel free to try this handy shortcut on your Mac and share this article with anyone whom you think it may be helpful for. Additionally, let us know if you know about any similar tricks in the comment section below.

Kevin Arrows


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