How to Stop Dictionary From Popping Up on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of the annoying dictionary popup on your Mac? Don’t worry, we have a solution for you! In this tutorial, we will show you how to stop the dictionary from popping up on your Mac.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple menu at the top left corner of your screen. From the dropdown menu, select “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Go to Keyboard Preferences

In the System Preferences window, click on “Keyboard”. This will open the Keyboard preferences panel.

Step 3: Access Text Preferences

In the Keyboard preferences panel, click on the “Text” tab. This is where you can customize various text-related settings.

Step 4: Disable Automatic Spelling Correction

Under the “Spelling” section, you will find an option called “Correct spelling automatically”. Uncheck this option to disable automatic spelling correction.

Step 5: Turn Off Look Up & Data Detectors

Scroll down to find the “Look Up & Data Detectors” section. Here, you need to uncheck both options – “Look up” and “Data Detectors”. This will prevent the dictionary from popping up when you hover over words or dates.

Step 6: Close System Preferences

Once you have made these changes, close the System Preferences window. The settings will be applied immediately.


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Congratulations! You have successfully disabled the dictionary popup on your Mac. Now you can work without any interruptions caused by automatic dictionary lookups.

If you ever want to enable the dictionary popup again, simply follow the same steps and recheck the options that you previously unchecked.

We hope this tutorial was helpful for you. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out to us. Happy computing!

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