Highlight text then do web search?

JE495

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Recently bought a iMac and the 4K screen is amazing. I've been a PC user since learning computers many years ago and still use PC at work. So often on the PC, I can right click on text or series of text and a pull down tab appears with an option to google search. Cant right click on a Mac although I did see on one website a similar pull down menu on Mac so is it a setting in Safari? I tried chrome and firefox, they don't right click either on Imac - but did use the shft, comd, L in firefox and it does open up a search in safari. That works, but it is more convenient to have a right click tab search and stay in one browser. Imagine there are topics on this and hopefully there is a setting somewhere to get it working, but I'm not able to find them just yet. Updated to Catalina today too so that might be a factor. Sorry for the newbie question, trying to learn. Already picked up on several neat things Macs thats pretty cool. Watching 4K on this is crazy, only imaging what the larger 5K Imac does. Thanks for any pointers with the search using IMac
 

konqerror

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If you're using the Magic Mouse it came with, you have to turn on right click in System Preferences, Mouse, Secondary click. You need to pick up your left finger when right clicking.

 
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JE495

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Excellent!!!! both of these work great, thanks so much!!!
 

TheIntruder

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A contextual search extension is an essential for my browsers. More flexible than any built-in solution.

There are a few options for Firefox and Chrome-based browsers; I don't use Safari, so I can't speak of what is available there.
 

ctrlzone

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on trackpads you click with 2 fingers for a right click.
theres also force click if you press harder, you can emulate that with "CTRL+CMD+D" in safari.

if new, you may have a look at Spotlight, a core tool in macOS.

 

JE495

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Thanks all for helping out a newbie! Suggestions work fantastic! I'm on a learning curve, but so far so good. Thanks again!!
 

satcomer

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Thanks all for helping out a newbie! Suggestions work fantastic! I'm on a learning curve, but so far so good. Thanks again!!
Also use the ‘Option’ key while clicking the Wi-Fi icon in Finder menu item! This will show you the connection speed it is seeing level of reception!
 
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