3 Finger Dictionary on the Mac Trackpad

Using 3 fingers on your Mac Trackpad, double click on any word and it will pull up the dictionary meaning.

I used it yesterday after I wasn’t quite sure how to spell the word ‘ascertain’. Spell check corrected it for me, but I wanted to make sure it was actually the word I wanted to use.



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  1. Anna November 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM - Reply

    Great tip! Is this set to the default system language? How can we change the dictionary language referenced? Thanks!

    • Daniel Franco November 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM - Reply

      Hi Anna, Good question. I’ve had a look into it, and I can’t find anyway of changing the language, without rebooting the computer each time to change the default language. A possible next step from this is to use the widget ‘Translate’ on the dashboard, which will give you a quick reference to other languages. Hope this helps 🙂

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