Windows: SearchClip is a tiny utility that runs in the background and makes it easy to search the web for text you highlight anywhere on your system. Select text, press Ctrl + C twice, and the tool copies the highlighted text and searches the web for it.
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Once installed the utility just works. Just as you can highlight text and right-click in a browser to search the web for it, you can highlight text and press Ctrl + C twice to open a browser window and automatically search for that text.
You may have to add an exemption to your anti-malware tool for SearchClip to work — it needs to capture keyboard input to work, which can set off your antivirus app's alarms. The code is freely available for inspection at GitHub. Also, you need Microsoft's Visual C++ installed for the tool to work (SearchClip initially gave me a cryptic DLL error the first time I tried to run it because of this issue). Hit the link below to grab it from GitHub.