Answers.com!The wonderful Answers.com program is now a free download. I used this tool for years and found it fabulous. It is once again free. You Alt-Click on any word and voila! Tremendous amount of information will pop up covering everything imaginable. There is even a Search plug-in for the Firefox toolbar if you use Firefox as your browser (excellent browser). Go to this page for the downloads. Seems to take up about 4mb of memory which is pretty light on the resources. In my Firefox, when I Alt-Click, it pops up a new tab with the answer. That new tab comes to the forefront, but perhaps there is a way to have it load in the background rather than having it steal "focus". I'll check on that and post my findings. Of course, if you're searching for an answer - you probably want to read it now, which is probably why it steals focus. :) It's even smart enough to figure out phrases, so if for example in the phrase "de facto", if you clicked on the word "de", it would bring up "de facto". Pretty slick, huh?
In Internet Explorer, it also installs a toolbar as a handy place to type in a search item. I'm not sure how the Alt-Click works there, since IE doesn't use tabs. I assume it opens a new IE window. When I tried it in IE, it switched me back to my default browser and opened a tab. If IE is your default browser, then most likely it will open a new window in that browser.
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