I'm using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2019 on my mac. I get used to use built-in dictionary of mac via three-fingers clicking on a word. However, it works on other applications like chrome, pdfguru etc. but not on Acrobat Pro DC. Even ^++D doesn't work. How can I use the dictionary on it?

  • see medium.com/@hlung/… – user310476 Jan 21 '19 at 19:32
  • @DaniilManokhin nope, it doesn't work – snr Jan 21 '19 at 19:49
  • I don't think Adobe uses the macOS Dictionary. Right click a word and select "Look up ___." On my system it opens a web browser with the definition of the selected word. – Steve Chambers Jan 21 '19 at 20:08
  • @SteveChambers yes, same case is applied to yet the fact that I'm not native speaker necessitate to glance at synonyms of the current word. The act genuinely is helpful. – snr Jan 21 '19 at 20:13
  • This still dosen't work in May 2020. Does anyone know what the problem is? Should one blame Adobe or Apple? – stack-delay May 6 '20 at 9:36

I come up with a solution by using bettertouchtool but it nearly meets my wish. It opens the dictionary application instead of popping-up.

Download and install Better Touch Tool.

Add Adobe Reader

Then select "Keyboard" tab (between "Trackpads" and "Apple remote")

Select "Adobe Reader" at the left sidebar.

Click "Add New Shortcut" and select preferable shortcut (in my case: Command + D).

Then select action: "Controlling Other Application" -> "Send Shortcut to Specific App", select "Adobe Reader" and press "Command + C".

Select newly created shortcut and click "Attach Additional Action" and attach action: "Controlling Other Application" -> "Execute Terminal Command" and paste

open dict://`pbpaste`
  • Can you add force touch (like the usual method for looking up a word in the dictionary) instead of Cmd + D? – Pulakesh Aug 14 '20 at 7:10

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