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Firefox: Disable the NYTimes Lookup Word Feature

📅 2011-Mar-26 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ adblock plus, firefox, nytimes ⬩ 📚 Archive



The article webpages of The New York Times have a feature that I find particularly irritating. If I highlight some text on the webpage, it immediately pops up a question-mark (?) window offering to lookup the words for me! This supposed feature also prevents me from right-clicking the highlighted text and performing any operation on them, like copying or Google-searching them.


By examining the HTML code of a NYTimes article webpage, the following Javascript file is found to be the entry for this Lookup Word feature:

With this information, disabling this feature is easy if you have the Adblock Plus addon installed on Firefox. Just add the following path to Adblock: http://*

Tried with: Adblock Plus 1.3.3 and Firefox 4.0 on Windows 7

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