Looks up the selected text in Pleco.


This shortcut takes text from the share sheet and looks it up in the Pleco app. It works with English, Hanzi, and pinyin.

Similar shortcuts import the text into the Pleco document reader, but what you usually want is for the word or phrase to be looked up in the dictionary. That’s what this shortcut does. Only longer text will be imported into the document reader.

To download: Tap the “Get Shortcut” button to the left. The Shortcuts app will open and offer to import the shortcut (if nothing happens after Shortcuts opens, come back and tap “Get Shortcut” again).

To use: Select text in iOS/iPadOS. Choose “Share…” item in the edit menu that pops up, select “Pleco,” and the selected text will be looked up in Pleco.

If you like this shortcut, you may also like my Hanzi to Pinyin shortcut!

If you run into any difficulties, or have any suggestions for improvement, please leave feedback below or on Twitter.

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Latest Release Notes

2.1.2 - June 1, 2022, 3:18 p.m.

Updates to the readme

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