How To Turn Off Dictionary On Your Mac

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Are you tired of your computer’s dictionary interrupting your work or leisure time with unwanted definitions? Do you find that the dictionary is an annoyance and a distraction? If so, you’re not alone! Many people find the dictionary to be a nuisance and struggle with how to turn it off. Fortunately, it’s easy to disable the dictionary so that it won’t pop up and disrupt your work.

The first step is to open System Preferences on your Mac. From here, click on Keyboard and select Shortcuts from the left-hand menu. Then, look for “Services” in the left column and click on the arrow next to it to expand the options. You will then see an option called ‘Look Up in Dictionary’ which has a checkmark next to it by default. Simply uncheck this option and you’re all set!

If you don’t have a Mac, disabling the dictionary is still easy – all you need to do is open System Preferences > Trackpad > Point & Click > Uncheck “Look Up”. This simple change will prevent your computer from displaying any definitions when you double-click on words while typing or viewing documents.

Whether you’re writing an important document or simply browsing online, disabling your computer’s dictionary can help keep distractions at bay. With these easy steps, you can quickly turn off the dictionary so that it won’t interfere with your work or browsing experience anymore.

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Turning Off Apple Dictionary

To turn off the Apple Dictionary, you’ll need to open System Preferences on your Mac. Click on the Keyboard tab, then select the Shortcuts option from the left sidebar. On this page, you’ll want to check for any services that have a checkmark next to them in the Searching section. If you see “Look Up in Dictionary” here, uncheck it to disable the Apple Dictionary feature. That’s it!

Troubleshooting Mac Dictionary Pop-Ups

The Mac dictionary lookup feature is an accessibility setting that is enabled by default. If this setting is enabled, your Mac will automatically try to look up the words you select. This can be annoying if you don’t want to use the dictionary feature, so it’s best to turn it off. To turn this off, go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Trackpad > Point & Click and uncheck “Look Up”. After that, the dictionary lookup feature should be disabled and your Mac won’t pull up the dictionary anymore.

Turning Off Dictionary in Safari

To turn off the dictionary in Safari, start by opening Safari on your Mac. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, click Edit. Go to Spelling and Grammar. Underneath the heading ‘Check Spelling and Grammar’, uncheck the box next to ‘Check Spelling While Typing’ to disable spell check in Safari. You can also uncheck ‘Check Grammar With Spelling’ and ‘Correct Spelling Automatically’ if you’d like to completely turn off dictionary functions in Safari.

Turning Off Typing Suggestions on Mac

To turn off typing suggestions on your Mac, start by selecting “System Preferences” from the Applications toolbar. Next, click on “Keyboard.” Under the Keyboard tab, click on “Text” in the top bar. You will find an option to deselect “Use Smart Quotes and Dashes,” which will turn off typing suggestions. Additionally, you can deselect “Correct spelling automatically” to completely disable autocorrect and any other typing suggestions that may appear as you type.


In conclusion, turning off the dictionary in your settings can be a great way to save time and reduce distractions. It can help you focus on the task at hand and avoid having to constantly look up unfamiliar words or phrases. To turn off the dictionary, simply open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and uncheck “Look Up in Dictionary” in the Searching section. Taking this step will ensure that you don’t get distracted by pop-up windows when searching for something online or in a document.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.