Three Finger Dictionary Gesture Be Pissing Me Off!

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by John Mang, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. John Mang macrumors member

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    I am having some really irritating problems with this gesture (three finger double tap for definition). No matter how hard I try I'm not consistently getting the gesture to work.

    I mean sometimes when I randomly do it, it works. But otherwise when I'm actually trying it doesn't work. I mean I tried everything- lighter clicks (and taps), fast-slow - everything, but no consistent result.

    Any ideas, or tips? Maybe I'm doing something wrong.
     
  2. yahoohoo, Jul 22, 2011
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    yahoohoo macrumors newbie

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    It works for me under Safari, iCal and Mail, but not for other apps like Firefox, etc.

    Correction: It works in TextEdit.
     
  3. Crosbie macrumors 6502a

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    You can select and two-finger click, then choose the definition from the popup menu, as a workaround.
     
  4. Crosbie macrumors 6502a

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    Works in TextEdit, but not in Firefox. Interestingly, neither does my workaround: 'Look Up' doesn't appear in the context menu when a word is selected in FF.

    Having done a bit of testing, it does seem to be a temperamental gesture; and the only rule I can work out is that it usually does it when I mean it, but not always when I'm 'testing'. It's like it can tell when you're not sincere.
     
  5. John Mang thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh I knew about that "workaround", but that wasn't the point. With the gesture it would so much more accessible. Only for me it's not as responsive as I would want it to be..
     
  6. RJCP macrumors 6502

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    Works perfectly for me.
     
  7. Crosbie macrumors 6502a

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    I take your point, but it's only a click less accessible - two-finger tap on a word, choose 'Look Up...'
     
  8. ShiftyGray macrumors regular

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    Clicks are spawns of evil. I find it offensive you take their side.
     
  9. hollerz macrumors 6502a

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    It's working great for me. Maybe try a wider spread of the fingers?
     

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