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    Default Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    Hi folks. Since updating to Sierra I have noticed the 3-finger tap that automatically highlights the word and brings up the dictionary is not working. Anybody else experience this? How to solve it?

    I use the dictionary function a lot and it is one of those little things that makes me love my macbook so much. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
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    Cool Re: Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    Quote Originally Posted by iwicked View Post
    Hi folks. Since updating to Sierra I have noticed the 3-finger tap that automatically highlights the word and brings up the dictionary is not working. Anybody else experience this? How to solve it?

    I use the dictionary function a lot and it is one of those little things that makes me love my macbook so much. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
    As far as I know, you have to highlight the word whose definition you want to look up. then tap on Select, then tap on the Right Arrow, then tap on Look Up like this:

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    Once you do that, tap on Look Up, and then it will give you the definition of the word:

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    If this doesnt work for you, please let me know.
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    Default Re: Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    I’m so sorry. I realize now you’re asking about macOS Sierra and not iOS 10.

    Pretty much the same applies:

    Highlight the word whose definition you want to look up, right click, the left click on “Look Up [word]”, like this:

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    Again, please get back to me if that doesn’t work for you and I will be more than happy to help you arrive at a solution.
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    Default Re: Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    Incidentally, I do not see an option for getting the definition of a word under System Preferences > Accessibility:

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    So you may be stuck with highlighting the word whose definition you need and left-clicking on it.
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    Default Re: Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    Same here.
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    Default Re: Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    Can you please reattach the photo? I can't seem to find anything relating to definition at Preferences > Accessibility
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    Default Re: Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    Actually it is a feature which is disabled by default when you update your OS. I faced the same issue after updating to El Capitan, I now remember. I googled it and found the solution.

    You need to go to Trackpad settings and enable the option shown in the screenshot. Problem solved.

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    Default Re: Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    This worked for me.

    Open the dictionary app. It will ask to download dictionaries. Click Accept or OK.

    Once they are downloaded the three finger tap for dictionary should work.
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    Default Re: Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    Quote Originally Posted by iwicked View Post
    Hi folks. Since updating to Sierra I have noticed the 3-finger tap that automatically highlights the word and brings up the dictionary is not working. Anybody else experience this? How to solve it?

    I use the dictionary function a lot and it is one of those little things that makes me love my macbook so much. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
    I don't use the 3-fingers tap, but the force touching tap, and it works
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    Default Re: Three finger tap for dictionary not working

    Thanks for the help folks. The issue has been solved

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