What is this feature?

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  1. UntidyForest, May 8, 2015
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    UntidyForest macrumors newbie

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    I just visited a news site while my attention was divided between my laptop and TV. I did *something* that I can't figure out and as a result saw a feature I've never seen before. One of the lead stories on the site had a native looking OSX pop-up animate out of it, which contained a visual preview of the story page. At the bottom was an Add to Reading List button.

    I like the idea of getting previews without having to visit pages, so I'd love to know what the heck I did to invoke this. I have no idea if it was a key I hit or some kind of click.

    EDIT: I clicked around a little more and now I see it's part of the improved look-up feature. I had no idea it did anything but looking things up.

    My first post ends up pointless. Sorry.
     
  2. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    Your post wasn't pointless, you may very well have taught someone else about a feature they knew nothing about :)
     
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  4. colonel179 macrumors member

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    It's a OS X feature that has been there for some time. I first noticed it using Mavericks.

    To get a preview like you described just click/tap with three fingers on a link and it will open a little window. If you do a three finger click/tap on a word you get the dictionary with definition.

    With 2015 rMBP 13" with Force Touch. Just force click a link and you get the same.
     
  5. ricede macrumors regular

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    Using Mavericks 10.9.5 with safari 7.1.6 on this 2013 iMac - the 3 finger tap on a link does not open a little window - it just opens a dictionary look up.
     
  6. interstella macrumors regular

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    Thank you for that. I'm not sure that I ever knew it existed. It seems a bit hit and miss with a trackpad (sometimes the link just opens anyway) and I can only get it to work on my iMac. It won't work at all on the MacBook but it's quite a useful feature when it does work.
     
  7. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Strange, it works all the time for me on my MacBook. I use the three-finger tap all the time for the lookup feature and so far it seems to work consistently with URLs.
     
  8. zxy macrumors newbie

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    Its only for 10.10.3 and above
     
  9. KsbjA macrumors newbie

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    Oh wow. QuickLook for links! I was a late updater to 10.10.3, and I'm still figuring out the new featured and getting used to things like the new look of the dictionary pop-out. This is definitely a super useful Safari-only feature. Thanks for sharing!
     
  10. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    Certainly taught me. I knew about the three-finger tap for definitions, but not for this. This seems like a very useful feature that I'll be able to use multiple times per day, so I appreciate this post quite a bit!
     
  11. interstella macrumors regular

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    I think I was having a bad day! It's working fine on my rMBP now.
     
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  14. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Your post most certainly was not pointless! I never knew about this feature.
     

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