QuickWiki is a handy experimental Firefox add-on for users who often use Wikipedia and Wiktionary either actively or as a resource to look things up on the Internet.
The Firefox add-on adds a quick look up feature to the web browser that can be used to quickly gain information about a selected word or phrase on a website.
QuickWiki opens the information that it has retrieved in an overlay on the same page unlike other add-ons that open the information in a new tab or window.
That's beneficial as it is a lot faster, as you can access the information directly without having to switch to another tab or browser window first, and then back to the original page you were on.
Update: The latest version supports the Shift or Alt keys as well for the look up operations. It is furthermore possible to change the shortcut modifier in the extension options. Here you find additional options such as the ability to hide the add-on from the right-click menu and the add-on bar.
The results are shown pretty fast, it usually took less than a second for them to be displayed on the page. The Firefox add-on makes use of three different keyboard and mouse shortcuts. Pressing Shift and clicking the right-mouse button will look up the selected word on Wiktionary, while Ctrl and the right-mouse button will look it up on Wikipedia.
The last shortcut can be used to open the quick search dialog using Ctrl-Space by default. The shortcuts can be customized which might be necessary depending on other add-ons installed on the computer.
QuickWiki is an experimental Firefox add-on. This means that it can only be downloaded and installed after logging into the Mozilla website. It has to be noted that the add-on is currently only working with the English language portals of both Wikipedia and Wiktionary.
Update: The latest version of the application supports different language versions of Wikipedia as well which you can set up, as well as a secondary version that you can select as well from the right-click menu.
Here you can also change the width and height of the overlay, and enable always https for both websites.Advertisement
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