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Mac OS: Dictionary App Loses Scroll Bar When Viewing Wikipedia Articles

by Eric Pena on May 25, 2010 · 30 comments

in Mac,Tutorials

You don’t know the real value of something until you lose it.

If you use the Dictionary.app in Mac as much as I do, then you’re sure to notice something’s wrong with it. The scroll bar isn’t displayed on the right-side of the Dictionary window when viewing Wikipedia articles. I noticed this a few days ago and I thought the program got corrupted somehow. Well, there’s nothing wrong with the app. Wikipedia.org rolled out new features recently that somehow screwed up the integration with the Dictionary application in Mac. So the solution is to turn-off the new features in Wikipedia.org.

Step 1.
Close the Dictionary application.
Open the Safari Browser (may not work with other browsers).
Go to the Wikipedia.org main page.


Step 2.
Log in to your account (create a new account if you don’t have one).
Check the option Remember me (up to 30 days)

Step 3. Click on New features at the top of the page.


Step 4. Turn off the new features by scrolling to the bottom of the page to where it says Turn me back!.

Step 5. Click the Turn new features off button.

Step 6. Open the Dictionary.app. The scroll-bar should now be visible when viewing Wikipedia articles.

Note: If somehow your Safari’s cache gets deleted or your login details expire, you may need to do this all over again.

Now imagine you lost everything you have–and got them all back again!

Lesson: Be happy with what you have.


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  • lobstr

    Thanks!

  • Mtnmike

    Interesting article but the fix did not work for me.

    Mac OS 10.6.3

  • bookluva4eva

    thanks, it worked.

  • sadbuttrue

    Didn't work for me, either.

  • jon

    worked perfect! Thank you

  • Fixed

    Thanks for the fix!

  • Arman samimi

    Worked on 10.6.3 and Safari 5!
    You saved me big trouble.
    Thanks a million.
    (Don't forget to mention the problem in “Take me Back” page at Wikipedia + Mac OS X feedback page at apple.com)

  • sh0rdii

    it didnt work…….. ><. i miss wiki………

  • sh0rdii

    nono!! it works it works!! :D.. have to remember for 30 days!!… or else it didnt work for me! or maybe it was because of the million times i exited and then entered back into dictionary.app..:P hahah.. thanks heaps man!! :D youre a legend. :)

  • Madhavi Ghare

    This works!
    Thanks!

  • freakqnc

    Not working 10.6.3 or at least not functional. I have my scroll bar showing when I shrink the disctionary app window but the scrolling handle is not proportional to the content to be displayed which gets ignored. The only way to scroll don is actually to select the text in the window and drag the mouse up or down until you can read more content… what a hack and what a piece of crap app… another of the new sub-par Apple work failing because they let it fall off the radar, less iPads more quality please… they don't make apples like they used to ;D

  • Guest

    Didn't work for me until I used Safari. Strange…

  • http://menoob.com menoob

    My Wikipedia login expired 30 days after and I lost the scroll bar again. I just went back to wikipedia.org and re-login and got the Dictionary scroll bar again.

    Note: I was using Firefox so at first it didn't work until I remembered to use Safari. :-)

  • Dmhdoor

    So this means that I have to log into Wikipedia every 30 days now?

  • Jolls

    the Take Me Back feature is now gone when I look!! Where’d it go!?

  • Dsranawake

    thanks you legend!

  • Georgi Shulev

    Thanks Man!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrey-Dubinin/100001343070233 Andrey Dubinin

    This no worked

  • Kis

    This really works…
    Many thanks for the valuable info.
    I'm now abel to enjoy reading Wikipedia on my dictionary.app again

    (from Indonesia)

  • Joshua

    great job worked perfect. Thank you soo much. There are so many other site telling everyone to delete their preferences and playlists. Who would know it was as simple as this. Booom!

    -Josh

  • Isabel

    Thank you so much!

  • Bobtratner

    Didn’t work( Can this site http://www.mac-how.net help?

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  • TeMc

    Blame Apple for using a rather lazy mathod of scrapping Wikipedia’s content into their applications.
    Instead of loading it with an API, they use Safari’s loader which means it’s skin-dependant, user-dependant and style-dependant.

  • TeMc

    Blame Apple for using a rather lazy mathod of scrapping Wikipedia’s content into their applications.
    Instead of loading it with an API, they use Safari’s loader which means it’s skin-dependant, user-dependant and style-dependant.

  • GuestHot

    This issue was resolved in the newly-released 10.6.5. Don’t forget to update, everybody!

  • 12345

    This issue was resolved in the newly-released 10.6.5. Don’t forget to update, everybody!

  • http://viettelonline.com/ LienDTK

    Oh nice, thanks for share!

  • Leo82188

    The “new features” is not anywhere when i log in !!! how do i get it back now?

  • blah

    Same!!! I do not see the “new features.” I remember it was there in the past, but the link is not there now. does anyone know where it is?

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