This is a distinct question from Is the "Lookup in Dictionary" context menu option hardcoded in Google Chrome for Mac?

I want to get rid of the "Look Up x" contextual menu in Chrome:

How can it be done?

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    This has been discussed in the Chrome development under this bug report: bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=543891 but they opted to keep it to not "break the Mac UI feel". They are apparently looking into some instrumentation to see if it is used at all (I bet the answer is no) before considering removing it. An option to get rid of it would be enough if you ask me.
    – ThomasH
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 19:54
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    This is so annoying, i misclick it so many times when trying to copy some text. It would already help if this would be moved further down the context menu.
    – ttt
    Commented May 9, 2017 at 20:55
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    Skitch......... Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 14:29
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    "Lookup on <Google>" or "Lookup on <Preferred Reference Site>" would be a much better solution. Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 12:23
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    It would be useful to include a link to a means to disable this menu item across MacOS (not only specific to chrome). I believe that would solve the concern of the poster.
    – Tronathan
    Commented Jul 17, 2022 at 0:49

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Unfortunately it cannot be removed. It was marked as WontFix because it's part of the MacOS convention. It has been officially answered here: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=543891

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    To be specific, it is mac os convention but they populate the menu item themselves. But you cannot get rid of it in other apps either, so allowing to remove it in chrome would thus technically be breaking convention. If you want to get rid of it, you can either get some chrome fork to implement a patch for this, or monkeypatch it at runtime by swizzling NSMenu
    – 1110101001
    Commented Jul 3, 2023 at 5:09
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    And so the appropriate solution would be something in MacOS settings that allowed us to turn it off everywhere. This isn't really a Chrome specific issue.
    – Tom
    Commented Dec 31, 2023 at 14:16

Not really answer as much as workaround: Lean on Command-C.

I like the "rapid dictionary" feature. When 95% certain I'm about to use a word correctly, confirming is faster than opening a new tab to type dictionary.com/browse/X.

I'd be interested in hearing why you (OP, @aaronbauman) dislike it. Maybe adding your name will flag you to respond.

This answer is nearly three years old--haven't used Mac for awhile, don't recall my mindset at the time. But re-reading suggests I got more of a "copy" impression from the question that I get from it now. Edited for brevity.

  • Please consider that your "answer" will be read by millions. It needs to be short, concise, on topic. Not your entire boring biography. Commented Apr 16, 2020 at 2:25
  • @DirkBester umm... thanks I guess? You're not wrong, but a simple "please remain on topic" would also have worked. Updated.
    – zedmelon
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 23:11
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    PS: Question is approaching four years old and has only 6k views. I hope I haven't quite wasted the lives of millions just yet. :,)
    – zedmelon
    Commented Apr 25, 2020 at 23:12

I know this isn't what you want to hear, but maybe you should switch to command + c to copy if you want to avoid it. Thats what I migrated to and I almost forgot "Look Up" was even there. It'll eventually become a reflex.

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    What's the relevance of Command+C? The menu has loads of other items. The one I normally use is "Search Google for ..." which searches fast and properly, as opposed to "Lookup" which searches (very slowly) the using the rubbish Mac engine.
    – mjaggard
    Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 7:22
  • Then add another hotkey? It shouldn't be too difficult with a small google search @mjaggard
    – Troy
    Commented Oct 7, 2020 at 2:14

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