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Want Quick Details? Use the Mac Look-Up Reference Tool

Mac Look-Up Reference Tool
Written by Hassan Abbas

Use the Mac Look-Up Reference Tool for Quick Details: Your Mac comes with an amazing 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 and useful. 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 Reference Tool

You have three ways to open the Look Up tool. So use whichever is most comfortable for you.

Choose 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. As it gives you the definition, pronunciation, part of speech, and such.

Look Up tool Options

You have more choices to check out aside from the Dictionary. And these options 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: As it displays a preview of the word or phrase on Wikipedia.
  • Siri Knowledge: Shows the details Siri has about the word or phrase.
  • iTunes Store: Display a list of songs or albums containing the word or phrase.
  • App Store or Mac App Store: It shows iOS or Mac apps with the word or phrase.
  • Book Store: Displays books with the word or phrase in the title.
  • Movies: As it displays movies with the word or phrase in the title.
  • TV Show: Shows TV shows with the word or phrase in the title.
  • Maps: Display 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: It shows a recent tweet with the word or phrase.
  • Web Videos: Shows web videos related to the word or phrase.

Within each choice above, you can tap for further details or 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. To allow or disable this choice, open your System Preferences with the button your Dock or by tapping Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar and then follow these steps.

Step 1:

At first, in System Preferences, click Spotlight.

Step 2:

At the bottom of the Spotlight settings, check or uncheck the box for Allow Spotlight Suggestions in Look Up.


The Look Up reference tool on Mac is the best feature that can save you time. Whether you want a definition or interested in a movie, app, or post on Twitter, Look Up can help.

Have you ever use this feature? Let us know in the comment section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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