I have been an OS X user for a long time and really gotten used to a lot of features that Apple has to offer. At work I have to keep switching between Windows 7 and Ubuntu 15.04. One of the most missed features that I have not figured out how to duplicate is the context menu dictionary lookup. Right-click on a word and this option appears in the context menu:

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And clicking on that leads to a pop-up window with the dictionary entry:

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I mostly use it within the browser. The browser I use the most is Chrome and it offers right click "search Google for selected word", which opens up a search results in a new page.

My question is how can I implement a feature similar to OS X, that opens up a popup window with a word definition in Windows and Ubuntu? Doing it in the browser would cover most of my needs but even better, is it possible to do this with the operating systems so it is available independent of the browser?

  • That Chrome feature is only available on OS X? – fixer1234 Aug 25 '15 at 2:01
  • It works with all OS's in chrome – AntK Aug 25 '15 at 4:51
  • What I want is the 'define' in right click menu, which is default in OS X – AntK Aug 25 '15 at 5:21
  • here is a link for the right click menu and a link for a pop up window. The feature is not avalable in other OSs and this is why I created this question. Thanks @fixer1234 – AntK Aug 25 '15 at 6:36
  • You're saying a similar feature is available in Chrome, and the Chrome feature is available in all OSs. But this is something built into OS X and you want access to it in Windows and Ubuntu outside of Chrome? – fixer1234 Aug 25 '15 at 16:38

In windows you can edit the context menu https://www.thewindowsclub.com/remove-click-context-menu-items-editors

then you could probably invoke cortana’s define word look up https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-tip-use-cortanas-secret-dictionary/


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