I’d be lying if I told you that I love performing a Google search and finding in the results multiple prospects to answer my questions. In this case, I catch myself clicking each of the promising site links only to find that it didn’t provide the answer I was looking for.

Luckily, Apple’s OS X and macOS provide a beautiful solution that allows you to save time and headaches.

To begin, go to:  > System Preferences > Trackpad

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With “Look up & data detectors” selected, you can navigate Google search results (for example) and get a pop-up preview of each page without leaving the results page. Also, you can tap with three fingers on any word within a web page or most apps/programs to look up definitions.

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Until next time, start practicing this trackpad shortcut and the others within trackpad preferences. Some shortcuts can be customized to your liking. For example, you can change your “right click/menu” shortcut as seen below:

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