Your Mac comes with a handy, built-in Look Up feature that lets you get information on just about anything. Whether it’s a simple word definition or a game on the App Store, with a click you can get what you need.
While this tool is convenient, it’s one of those things you may not think about using. We’ll show you how to access and give you tips for using the Mac Look Up reference tool.
Opening the Mac Look Up tool
You have three quick ways to open the Look Up tool, so use whichever is most comfortable for you.
Select a word or phrase and then:
- Use the keyboard shortcut Command + Control + D.
- Right-click and pick Look Up from the shortcut menu.
- Use force touch with three fingers on your Mac touchpad.
Using these methods will open the Dictionary section of the Look Up tool, which gives you the definition, pronunciation, part of speech, and such.
Look Up tool choices
You have more options to check out aside from the Dictionary. And the options differ depending on the word or phrase. When you open the Look Up tool, just slide or swipe to the right for the additional choices.
- Wikipedia: Shows a preview of the word or phrase on Wikipedia.
- Siri Knowledge: Shows the details Siri has about the word or phrase.
- iTunes Store: Shows songs or albums containing the word or phrase.
- App Store or Mac App Store: Shows iOS or Mac apps with the word or phrase.
- Book Store: Shows books with the word or phrase in the title.
- Movies: Shows movies with the word or phrase in the title.
- TV Show: Shows TV shows with the word or phrase in the title.
- Maps: Shows a location with the word or phrase in its name on a map with contact details and Yelp reviews.
- News: Shows news stories related to the word or phrase.
- Twitter: Shows a recent tweet with the word or phrase.
- Web Videos: Shows web videos related to the word or phrase.
Within each option above, you can click for further details or to head right to the source. For instance, movies will take you to the TV app and an app will take you to the App Store.
Adjusting the suggestions in Look Up
Your Mac will use suggestions that you enable for Spotlight Search if you like. To enable or disable this option, open your System Preferences with the button your Dock or by clicking Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar and then follow these steps.
1) In System Preferences, click Spotlight.
2) At the bottom of the Spotlight settings, check or uncheck the box for Allow Spotlight Suggestions in Look Up.
Wrapping it up
The Look Up reference tool on Mac really is a great feature that can save you time. Whether you want a definition or are interested in a movie, app, or post on Twitter, Look Up can help.
Is the Look Up tool something that you forget about or happen use all the time on your Mac? Let us know!