Double 3 finger tap for dictionary

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  1. 3bs macrumors 603

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    This sometimes works but most times doesn't in Chrome. I'm running version 15.0.874.106

    Is anyone else having this? I would love to find a solution. Is it a problem on Apple's side like the issue with control + scroll to zoom in and out which they fixed or is it a problem with Chrome? Anyone know what to do?
     
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    Sorry to be of no help to you but I repeat this question for Preview where it never works. Right-click and look up in dictionary works.
     
  3. 3bs thread starter macrumors 603

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    Before Lion I would just use space+command to get spotlight and paste it there but I was hoping that with Lion this would work everywhere but it doesn't. It's better than having to open the dictionary app and it's faster and smoother when it does actually work
     
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    AFAIK the three finger tap works only for Cocoa apps. I don't use Chrome, so I don't know if Chrome is built using Cocoa. But this shouldn't be the case for Preview, which is a Cocoa app.

    But the right-click -> look up in dictionary in Preview doesn't open the Dictionary app. It opens the same popover window that 3-finger tap does.

    BTW, do you select the word before you do the 3-finger tap?
     
  5. 3bs thread starter macrumors 603

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    No I just double tap over it. It still seems to work on and off. Any news from google if they plan on getting this to work all the time or maybe it's just my mac?
     
  6. Simplicated macrumors 65816

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    Chrome is built using Cocoa, but the implementation for dictionary is half-baked. You have to click the word, then three-finger tap on it.
     
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    I tried highlighting a word and tapped it but it didn't work
     
  8. Simplicated macrumors 65816

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    I forgot to mention it also only works with some websites, and I advice against using it, as doing so will crash Chrome for now - See the bug report here.

    Meanwhile you might want to get Chrome's dictionary extension instead.
     
  9. 3bs thread starter macrumors 603

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    Oh great thanks for that extension!
     
  10. pow001 macrumors newbie

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    Chrome dictionary

    Yep that's a great chrome extension!!!


    As for preview - the 3 finger tap look up just dosen't seem to work???
     

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