Mac Tip: Quick Dictionary Meanings When Typing

Posted in How To on 06/02/2012 by Mark Greentree


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How To: Quick Dictionary Meanings When Typing

If you want quick access to your dictionary when typing all you need to do is select a word and press Command + Control + D on your keyboard as shown below:

Upon successful entry you will be presented with the meaning and pronunciation of the word in question as shown below:

This same tip also works without highlighting the word. When typing, and before hitting the spacebar simply press the keyboard shortcut and the dictionary meaning will be presented.

Right clicking will also present the option to ‘look up’ the meaning of the word in question.

  • Martin Gordon

    Don’t forget you can also do this by double tapping with three fingers on a trackpad

    • Thanks for that additional information. I don’t use the trackpad as I only have the Magic Mouse.


Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of Everyday Mac Support. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is the lead host of Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.