How to Enable Right-Click Dictionary Systemwide on PC.
I mostly use Google Chrome for reading. Often times, when I come across a word that I don’t understand, I right-click and â€œsearch the webâ€ for that particular word or phrase. You also have several extensions like Grammarly or Google Dictionary that show the meaning of the word in a popup when you double-click any word in Google Chrome. The only problem is that it doesn’t work on some websites (WordPress) and doesn’t work system wide. So, if you need to find the meaning of any text on your PC, such as Microsoft Word, Wordpad or PDFs, here’s how to enable the dictionary with a right click system-wide on PC.
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How to enable system-wide right-click dictionary on PC
If you’re looking for a super-easy and hassle-free way to access a system-wide dictionary on your computer, you’ll have to download a third-party online dictionary and WordWeb thesaurus. The best part about this app is that it works offline, so you can search for values â€‹â€‹even if you don’t have an internet connection. That’s all you can use it for besides quickly finding the meaning of words.
- Search for similar words, synonyms
- search for parts of speech by clicking on a noun, verb
- read word references
- Search for a word on Wikipedia
Here is a quick guide to installing it.
To get started, download WordWeb for Windows or Mac and follow the instructions to install the software. You can also install the portable version at this step.
Once this is done, you can easily find the meaning of any word in any application on your computer. All you have to do is hold down the Ctrl key and right-click the word. A new dialog box appears with a value. Alternatively, you can also use Ctrl + Alt + W as a keyboard shortcut if you don’t want to use the mouse. Just keep in mind that the value will appear on whatever word the cursor is on.
Not only that, you can also change the hotkey to your liking (Options Hotkey). You can switch between mouse buttons, that is, left-click, middle-click, or right-click along with changing the held Ctrl to Alt or Shift. Alternatively, you can change the keyboard shortcut in the same tab.
Windows Search Box Alternative
As of now, Windows doesn’t have a built-in option to find meaning with one click. However, if you don’t want to install third-party software, you can use the taskbar, which is, I’m talking about the most overlooked feature, that is, the “search box”. If you haven’t enabled it yet, right-click on the taskbar, click on search and choose show search box.
The downside of the search box is that it requires an active internet connection to display web results and a dictionary card
You can find the box at the bottom left. Now, whenever you are confused with a word, all you have to do is enter the word and add the value as the suffix. The search box will show you the results for the Oxford Dictionary. You can also scroll down to see more search results.
So these were some easy ways to find meaning on your computer. I use WordWeb because it works in the office and has many additional features than just a dictionary. What’s more, you can either click or use a keyboard shortcut to quickly find the value, which will save time.
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