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danallen

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Oct 8, 2018
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Is there a way to disable the pop up window that started appearing recently when I am attempting to select text for any reason? The image below shows the problem that started when I had to roll back, from Catalina to High Sierra, thanks to the death of the SanDisk I was using for the Catalina installation. Several years ago, I got this popup disabled, but I cannot remember how I did it. The information I have found by searching has not worked.

Thank you for any help you can provide for this.


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danallen

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Oct 8, 2018
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Houston
You may have trackpad or other click settings on for Look Up

Thank you for such an informative and thoughtful reply. This seems to getting to the solution, but I am still ignorant of key elements.

Following link you posted let to a that says:

"Choose Apple menu > System Settings, then click Trackpad"

I am running High Sierra for the moment (will getting back to Catalina soon, I hope). I do not see System Settings under the Apple in the Apple menu. I see System Preferences. It looks like this:
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The next information provided at the link you provided is a list of Trackpad settings, most of which I can access in System Preferences, inside Trackpad:


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ab22

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Force Click = I know you mentioned it earlier, but I'm not clear on if the settings are missing or don't move, or have no effect ? .

I don't have High Sierra to view the settings, but as the earlier-referenced article says :
  • Force click and haptic feedback: On a Force Touch trackpad, force click an item to take action. (To force click, press firmly until you feel a deeper click.) For example, force click a file in the Finder to show it in a Quick Look window. With the checkbox selected, you also feel tactile feedback when aligning objects in some apps, like Preview.
 

flaubert

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Does this pop-up problem occur in any text situation on your system? On every browser? In any TextEdit document? I wonder if it could be some form of malware, masquerading as a 'helpful' data detector? You could try running Malwarebytes in free mode.
 
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danallen

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Oct 8, 2018
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Houston
Does this pop-up problem occur in any text situation on your system? On every browser? In any TextEdit document? I wonder if it could be some form of malware, masquerading as a 'helpful' data detector? You could try running Malwarebytes in free mode.
Does this pop-up problem occur in any text situation on your system? Either yes almost yes.

On every browser? yes

In any TextEdit document? yes

I wonder if it could be some form of malware, masquerading as a 'helpful' data detector? You could try running Malwarebytes in free mode. That sounds like a good suspicion. Thank you. I will see what I can do about that.
 

danallen

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Oct 8, 2018
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Houston
Does this pop-up problem occur in any text situation on your system? On every browser? In any TextEdit document? I wonder if it could be some form of malware, masquerading as a 'helpful' data detector? You could try running Malwarebytes in free mode.
When I finally got Catalina installed last night, the dreadful popup disappeared. If I boot with HighSierra again, I imagine the popup still comes out of that.
 
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