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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition System 10.7
A simple hint -- double tap a word with 3 fingers to get a pop-over with dictionary and thesaurus definition! Works in most apps.

[crarko adds: When I tried this (in Safari) I got a pop-up menu, that gave me the option to Look Up the word, as well as other options. I also got the spinning beachball of death when I tried it in TextEdit. 10.7.1, anyone?]
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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: michelle_eris on Jul 21, '11 08:31:28AM
crarko: If you got that menu, it means that two fingers hit the touch pad before the third did. If all three hit at the same time, you get the definition. Also, that spinning beach ball is only momentary, and only the first time you try to spell check the word.

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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: sandisk12345 on Jul 21, '11 09:49:08AM
It took me a few tries to get it to work. The problem for me was that I was double clicking with three fingers instead of double tapping. Once I realized that it worked just fine

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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: qmcswret on Jul 21, '11 11:15:53AM

[crarko adds: When I tried this (in Safari) I got a pop-up menu, that gave me the option to Look Up the word, as well as other options. I also got the spinning beachball of death when I tried it in TextEdit. 10.7.1, anyone?]

Assuming you meant TextEdit 1.7(288), which is what is in my Lion installation, the hint worked fine on my early 2009 iMac. No spinning beach ball, just the dictionary definition popup window which quit successfully as soon as I tapped elsewhere in the window.



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: Wizard69 on Jul 21, '11 11:17:08AM

My impression of TextEdit is that it is very buggy. The app crashed on me attempting to simply explore it's new features. Mind you this was only a couple of minutes of use.



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: kickme on Jul 21, '11 12:34:18PM

You may need to turn it on in System Preferences->Trackpad->Point & Click->Look up.

Also, you must only tap the trackpad, not click it. I don't have tap to click enabled, and using three fingers works fine.



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: Millrat on Jul 21, '11 04:04:04PM

In Safari at lest, you can just hover the pointer over a word and use the Option, Command, and d keys (all at the same time) to get a dictionary deffinition



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: simplebeep on Jul 21, '11 05:41:22PM

As an aside, the classic Control-Command-D still works, but it now looks and behaves exactly the same way the trackpad-based method does.



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: spud_upb on Jul 21, '11 05:44:49PM

Also, make sure the cursor is the insertion point (not the mouse pointer/arrow) and make sure to tap (not click).

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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: Droz on Jul 21, '11 08:29:07PM

When I tried to do this in Safari, I had to have the word selected first - it wouldn't just work off of a triple-fingered double-click (hah!). I had to double-click a word, then triple-fingered double-click.

*phew*

Searches Dictionary, Wikipedia, etc... snazzy, but not as quick as the little Chrome extension i have to do the same thing without the ridiculous amounts of finger dexterity required....

Q: is it configurable somehow?



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: Droz on Jul 26, '11 11:34:07PM

Oh dear, how embarrassing - I found that I could indeed triple-finger tap without selecting first. I just had to go easy on the trackpad.

Oh well, useful feature!



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: bglnelissen on Jul 22, '11 01:14:35AM
The older MacBook and MacBook Pro do not support three finger gestures. To get the dictionary on these machine you can always fall back on Ctrl Command D
Edited on Jul 22, '11 01:15:48AM by bglnelissen


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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: Michelasso on Aug 16, '11 03:00:38AM

Is there any documentation showing the equivalent keystrokes for the gestures? I think Apple could implement the extra fingers in the magic trackpad by use of keys like control, option and command. Like 3 fingers tap = Option + 2 fingers tap. For sure I am not going to buy a magic trackpad to use with a laptop.



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: ifjake on Jul 22, '11 06:31:50AM

Works fine for me. Three finger double tap isn't the most graceful, but you get used to it. I guess maybe because I play piano it comes easier. A lot of the new gestures take a little bit to learn, just technique-wise, but they work great once you do, a lot of things are right at your fingertips now.



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: xianman on Jul 22, '11 10:51:26AM

Oddly enough, I absolutely cannot get this to work. I've tried turning the feature on and off, tried it with tap-to-click on and off, tried first double clicking the word followed by the three fingered tap, and have tried in Safari, Chrome, and TextEdit. I also notice that the three-fingered-drag option does not work for me. All other gestures work fine though, and this is on the latest generation 17" MacBook Pro. Also, three fingered gestures worked just fine in Snow Leopard, but nothing now... any ideas?



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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: StarvArt on Jul 23, '11 12:03:17PM
Nice to discover that the three-finger Look-up also works for text documents viewed in Quick Look as well!

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10.7: Double Tap for Dictionary definition
Authored by: kirkmc on Jul 26, '11 02:52:44AM

When I try this, it sends me to another space, but when I come back to the original space, the Dictionary popup is visible.

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