Martin Schurig
Application Engineer based in Barcelona, Spain.

Problem

If you are bilingual you sometimes have the problem that you don’t remember a word. But you also don’t want to switch to an other window to look it up. So how do you lookup a word in the dictionary with a shortcut?

Solution

There are three steps to do that.

Using the trackpad

  1. Make sure that the option Look up in your trackpad settings is activated. For that go to System Preferences -> Trackpad.

  2. Click with three fingers on a word that you want to define.

Using a keyboard shortcut

  • Select a word and press Cmd(⌘)+Ctrl+D.

Right click

  • Select a word, click right and select Look up ....

Discussion

You can add and activate plugins for the dictionary app by opening the app and going into its preferences (⌘+,).

Example: if you want to have the German translation for an English word you can download  this plugin  (with instructions).

There are a lot more dictionary plugins out there!

- Did this recipe help you? Feel free to tweet me @martinschurig!